Expanding SCSU’s Science Disciplines

Academic & Laboratory Science Building, Southern Connecticut State University


Southern Connecticut State University’s ongoing expansion of its science programs has been greatly enhanced with the opening of its new academic and laboratory science building. Opening just in time for the 2015-16 academic year, the new 100,000-SF building is the new focal point for SCSU’s science programs and enables the university to educate more students in the STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The two wings of the facility are configured in the shape of an “L” and are located next to Jennings and Morrill Halls. Together, the three buildings form a science enclave.


  • Two 50-seat classrooms, conference space, and student study areas.
  • Teaching and research labs for physics, earth science, environmental science, molecular biology and chemistry.
  • A supercomputing laboratory for research in theoretical physics, bioinformatics and computer science.
  • An analytical laboratory and a sediment coastal science laboratory.
  • The Werth Center for Marine and Coastal Studies is housed in the new facility.
  • The CSU Center for Nanotechnology will be located on the ground floor to isolate research from the building’s vibrations.
  • On the rooftop, six experimental, mobile Dobsonian astronomical telescopes will be used for student experiments.

Designed for LEED Silver certification, many sustainable design features can be seen throughout the building’s footprint. In addition to housing photovoltaic panels, the building’s pitched roofs shelter two attics full of industrial fans exhausting 83 fume hoods. Rain gardens on site are used to water the science quad and faculty garden.

The new building provides a gateway to the campus and a significant step forward for scientific study in Connecticut overall.


Centerbrook Architects & Planners

Size / Cost

100,000 SF / $50 million


Civil, electrical, mechanical