Major Science Center Opens at Point Loma Nazarene University (Carrier Johnson + CULTURE)

Carrier Johnson + CULTURE.PLNU science center

A new science center opens today at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) in San Diego, designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE.

The 36,000-square-foot science center at Point Loma Nazarene University is a major new academic hub for the campus of this Christian university, acclaimed for its rapidly growing, interdisciplinary science programs.

The two-story building’s innovative design is marked by a curved stainless-steel environmental screen and a prominent coastal site, creating a memorable home for the sciences. The building project is an important addition, one of the first major new buildings on the campus in decades.

In addition to providing new, state-of-the-art technology, laboratories and classrooms for both students and faculty, the science center represents PLNU’s investment in growth and its mission of unifying modern Christian values with a broad curriculum. The project team connected the existing Rohr Science building to the new facility with an elevated walkway leading to a patio, with expansive views of the Pacific Ocean.

“This is a significant expansion to the academic space at Point Loma Nazarene University, which is known for its excellent science department and the highly successful record of student placements in medical schools,” says Ray Varela, architect in charge for Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, who worked with founding principal Gordon R. Carrier, FAIA, on the project.