Foothill College: Physical Sciences and Engineering Center

The Physical Sciences & Enginering Center (PSEC) opened in 2013 and houses the Foothill College Science Learning Institute (SLI).


The PSEC Project — Designed for the Future

In 2009, Ratcliff Architects won statewide recognition with a Community College Facility Coalition Award of Merit for the Project in Design category for the Foothill College Physical Sciences & Engineering Center (PSEC). All design and structural components of the new PSEC facility and grounds complement the distinct Pacific-style architecture for which Foothill College is internationally renown. The facility has also been designed to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design LEED® silver rating.

The center is 65,800 square feet and consists of three buildings:

  1. The lab building:
    • five chemistry labs
    • two physics labs
    • materials and nanoscience labs
    • a multipurpose lab
    • one classroom
  2. The classroom building:
    • six classrooms
    • two large lecture rooms
  3. The commons area:
    • conference/multipurpose space
    • faculty offices

Topping Out Ceremony — Oct. 21, 2011, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Donors, community leaders, and Foothill-De Anza Community College District trustees joined Foothill College students, faculty and staff for a construction site topping out ceremony for the college’s new PSEC buildings on Friday, Oct. 21, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The ceremony gave key players in a building’s creation — the opportunity to sign their names to the final beam that will be moved into place by workers to mark the topping out phase of the structure’s steel frame. The event took place in Parking Lot 4, which is adjacent to the construction site of the new building at the campus in Los Altos Hills.

The Foothill College Science Learning Institute (SLI)

The Science Learning Institute (SLI) will create an environment of collaboration and innovation, allowing dedicated faculty to teach, inspire and transform how STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) are taught and learned. In addition to increasing the transfer rates of students studying STEM subjects, the SLI will develop a STEM work force prepared for jobs opening in biotechnology, nanotechnology and renewable energy systems.

For more information on how to support the Foothill College Science Learning Institute, please call the Foothill-De Anza Foundation at (650) 949-6232 or visit our website.

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