The new Battelle Environmental Center at KIPP Columbus serves as an educational space for students, a gateway to the natural environment, and a visitor center to celebrate students achievements and introduce other groups to KIPP’s natural resources.
The building sits on a hillside between the middle and high school buildings on the campus, and overlooks the sweeping landscape. A solid wall with a central glass entrance leads to a gallery space with workshops to either side. A large glass wall faces the landscape to the east and leads to the Environmental Loop, a walking path with platform waystations at 7 unique zones: the pond, the grasslands, the hollow, the Cottonwood, the forest edge, the council of trees, and the brook.
Honors and Awards
AIA Virginia Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture (2018)
|Type||New STEM Center|
|Size||5,350 square feet|
|Architectural Team||David Croteau, Principal-in-Charge; Kelley Banks, Project Architect/Manager|
|Consultants||Landscape Architect: The Olin Studio, EDGE; Structural Engineer: Jezerinac Geers & Associates; MEP Engineer: Korda/Nemeth Engineering; Civil Engineer: EMH&T|
|Contractor||The Daimler Group, Inc.|
|Photographer||Matthew Millman Photography|