Perkins Eastman | Northern Virginia Community College Loudoun Campus Higher Education Center

Northern Virginia Community College: Loudoun Campus: Higher Education Center

Sterling, Virginia
In response to a growing deficit of programmable space resulting from an unprecedented increase in enrollment at its Loudoun campus, Perkins Eastman designed a new 40,000 sf Higher Education Center building for Northern Virginia Community College.

The building was designed to promote science and technology and the arts while also providing space for general classroom education and multipurpose gatherings. With instructional spaces designated as either fixed seating class labs—which allow 35 sf per student in a more permanent arrangement based on a specific pedagogy—or flexible seating classrooms—which provide 25 sf per student with movable seating—the building was designed to allow for a variety of pedagogical approaches and greater collaboration among students while it also presents a new face to the community along the county’s busiest thoroughfare. With its bold lines and cantilevered form that extends over the campus pond, the Higher Education Center is destination that will help keep students on campus—helping to establish NOVA as a forward-looking institution that produces a globally competitive workforce.

Specialized instructional spaces include a recording technology studio, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lab, and a communications resource center. The project includes the use of a geothermal system targeting LEED-NC Silver certification.