The "museum with out walls" of CSU Chico has found a home at the Gateway Science Museum. The new facility, phase I of II planned, provides meeting space as well as exhibit space for both permanent and traveling exhibits. Many exhibits are geared towards younger children to encourage them to continue to explore and pursue higher education degrees.
The design of the facility reflects the Northern California geology and fauna. A north/south axis demonstrates a forest habitat to the north of the center galley which itself depicts the main river and flyway of Northern California. The central gallery exits to the south into an exhibit reflecting the Sacramento delta region. The east/west axis develops a time chronology from early prehistoric times to the present. The design of the lobby is an iconic symbol of the volcanic activity that has formed the area. In addition, the building is certified LEED Gold and a self-guide tour allows patrons to explore how sustainable issues effect the Northern California region.
Location: Chico, CA
My Role: Project Architect
Additional Credits: ANOVA Nexus Architects: Jeffrey Lubenko - Design Architect; Charles D. Downs - Principal Architect