Image via Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences
Image via Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences

A brand new Science Education & Research Facility has been added to Santa Monica, Calif. –based Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences.

The 25,000-square-foot science facility, designed by Santa Monica-based architecture firm Frederick Fisher and Partners, will be a landmark for the k-12 college preparatory school. First started in Feb. 2014, the science building was completed this summer, and is ready to serve upper-and-middle-school students.

image via Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences
image via Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences

The building is a blend of concrete structures and glass facades, offering a sense of openness and modernity. There are a total of 12 science classrooms, three faculty prep rooms, a fume-hood lab, and a Projects Pavilion that features a rooftop living laboratory. A large area outside on the ground floor also provides social space for both students and faculty.

image via Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences
image via Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences

A combination of art and science elements, flows throughout the building. On the walls of the Project Pavilion various fossils serve as decoration, including a shark tooth that dates back to nearly 30 million years ago.

image via Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences
image via Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences

The facility, which has met the national standard of sustainability, features energy generating photovoltaic panels that are embedded into a glass curtain wall. A stormwater filtration system, recycled denim insulation, LED lights, and energy-efficient plumbing are also integrated into the building, contributing to an sustainable environment shared across the school. 

image via Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences
image via Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences