Battle Creek Math and Science Center

  • area / size 64,000 sqft
  • Completed 2013
  • TowerPinkster was engaged by Battle Creek Math and Science Center to design their new facilities located in Battle Creek, Michigan.

    The Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center (BCAMSC) has been changing the face of science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum since 1991. Unlike other Math and Science institutions, the BCAMSC serves dual functions: high school STEM education for exceptionally talented students; and design/manufacture/distribution of science curriculum materials. By their successes, the Center outgrew its aging facility.

    Spearheaded by the economic development organization Battle Creek Unlimited, this project became a reality in spring of 2011. The Kellogg Company donated the former Cereal City USA Museum and property for the new BCAMSC. TowerPinkster was engaged to redevelop the former museum into a new, cutting-edge facility for the Center.

    The overall concept removed six existing agricultural roof forms at the existing museum and created cantilevered second and third floors over the entry plaza. Glass curtainwall was used on the exterior of the second floor, creating a greenhouse at the corner to showcase the Center’s commitment to research-based learning. Classrooms surround open collaboration spaces, including a physics perch drop on the third floor.

    The building’s interior design concept was inspired by biological science and features several installations to enhance spaces. Sustainability monitors are tied to building systems, molecular models are suspended from the ceiling, and interactive technology exhibits, such as the students’ solar car project, flood open spaces, reflecting the Center’s mantra of “Innovation Through Inspiration.”

    PhotographyJustin Maconochie