Sacramento State, Ernest E. Tschannen Science Complex

  • Location

    Sacramento, CA
  • Project Dates

    May 2016-May 2019 (est)
  • Construction Cost

    $64 million
  • Size

    94,000 SF
  • Delivery Method

    Design-Build
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    CO Architects
  • Market

    Higher Education - Public
    Laboratory
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  • New high-tech science building will have students looking to the stars

  • Project Overview

    Sacramento State embarked on an ambitious expansion plan with direction from their latest campus master plan. One of the first steps in that journey is the new, $91 million Ernest E. Tschannen Science Complex (formerly Science II) which features 94,000 SF of classroom and laboratory space. This design-build collaboration with CO Architects and Sundt Construction debuted in August 2019, in time for the start of the fall semester.

  • Solution

    The five-story, teaching and laboratory facility includes an onsite observatory and planetarium, supporting astronomy and physics programs. It consolidates the College of Natural Science’s Biology and Chemistry departments under one roof and include areas that are open to the public for community events. Our design team came up with creative designs to tie the new building into the existing utility system, ultimately minimizing the new building’s energy demands through daylighting, optimized lab ventilation, and high-efficiency LED light fixtures and lab equipment.