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Exterior of the Harvey Mudd McGregor Computer Science Center

Harvey Mudd College | McGregor Computer Science Center

Harvey Mudd College | McGregor Computer Science Center | Claremont, CA

The Scott A. McGregor Computer Science Center at Harvey Mudd College provides a much-needed new home for the college’s rapidly growing Computer Science Department and creates room to grow from 16 to 25 faculty positions over time. It also houses a permanent makerspace, open to all students at Harvey Mudd and across The Claremont Colleges. For a science and engineering focused college like Harvey Mudd, the integration of a campus-wide makerspace was especially important to nurture the aspirations of faculty and students, and to showcase their talents. The project’s design is tied to strategies that invigorate interdisciplinary collaboration and project-based learning.

Project Details

The three-story, 36,000-square-foot academic building features a welcoming, expansive lobby at the first floor, as well as ample study, hangout, and collaboration spaces for students. On the second and third floors, faculty offices, clinic and project studios, teaching and research laboratories and collaboration spaces serve the computer science program. The now contiguous computer science space brings together previously fragmented elements such as student project areas, clinic program work areas and computer labs. These floors encircle a central courtyard that brings transparency and natural light to the building’s circulation spaces.

At the heart of the building’s first floor is the multi-disciplinary, collaborative makerspace that creates one large open workspace for networking and socialization. The space’s zoned layout includes a collaborative lounge, co-working and idea development areas with a welding station, 3D printer, robotics lab and laser cutter. To complement the rapid prototyping and light-to-medium fabrication spaces, the makerspace is adjacent to renovated and repositioned metal and wood machine shops in the Libra Complex.