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Caguas Science & Technology Center

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Client:

Municipality of Caguas

Location:

Caguas, Puerto Rico

Cost:

$12,000,000

Services:

Architecture

Landscape Architecture

Engineering

Environmental

Construction Administration

CSA is providing architecture, engineering and environmental consulting services in support of a visionary project of a Science and Technology Center (CSTC) for the Municipality of Caguas, Puerto Rico. The CSTC seeks to provide a venue for students to explore and sense the wonders of the technology and science. Though the Center will provide room for interactive exhibits, its main thrust is to provide the opportunity for the creativity and inventiveness of the youngsters to be expressed through experimentation.

The Municipality of Caguas has commissioned Liberty Science Center in New Jersey as the exhibits design consultant and CSA is leading the design undertaking and teamed with E. Verner Johnson and Associates (EVJA) as a consultant to collaborate in the development of the Center.

The new Caguas Science Center revives an abandoned building in the urban center of Caguas. The resulting facility, approximately 50,000 square feet in area, re-energizes an entire block in downtown Caguas. A new urban park opens the Center to the neighboring community. The entrance to the Center through the park allows the potential for the museum to continue its science programs/studies out into the landscape and enables the new Caguas Science Center to be visible from a greater distance along its primary approach from the South. The design of this public park is bordered by a new parking area, trees/plantings, a bus drop off, and a new Theater structure that is also connected to the main facility at the second level.

Sustainable design is an integral part of the Caguas Science Center's mission and it can potentially be integrated with the exhibit content as well. As one of the various sustainable elements featured in the design of the new Science Center, a "green roof" provides the opportunity to reduce the heat island effect of the building and to potentially be a source of storm water collection and re-use. This roof also creates a pleasant exterior component as part of a visitor's experience, as well as an opportunity for the museum to display/utilize renewable energy sources upon it. Overall, the museum's interest in having an environmentally conscious design could make the Caguas Science Center the first LEED certified building of its kind in Puerto Rico.

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