Project Detail

KIPP Columbus | Battelle Environmental Center

New STEM Facility | Columbus, Ohio

The new Battelle Environmental Center for 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

2018 AIA Virginia Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture

Time Span 2015-2017
Type Environmental Center
Client KIPP Columbus
Size 5,350 sf
Budget $2.4 million
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.

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