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MDC North Campus Science Complex Receives Award of Merit from National Organization

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Miami, March 23, 2011 - The Miami Dade College (MDC) North Campus Science Complex received the Award of Merit during the winter Florida Educational Facilities Planners’ Association (FEFPA) Conference Architectural Showcase. The Science Complex was the 2011 Architectural Showcase winner under the community college category.

The winners were chosen from among 38 national entries for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, community colleges and universities. All the entries were evaluated based on the following criteria: innovative response to educational program, aesthetics and use of materials, flexibility for community use, technology provisions, barrier-free accessibility, relationship of spaces and expandability, and site development.

“The Science Complex has been designed to provide an exceptional learning environment and opportunities for science majors in the classroom and the laboratories, with the latest scientific industry technologies,” said North Campus President Dr. José A. Vicente. “MDC conducted intensive research of best practices from other institutions across the country prior to the architectural design development, and the Science Complex is now among the best at higher education institutions.” 

The 90,000-square-foot complex is equipped with the latest technology and set in an area of the county where education and career training in the sciences is critically important. It features 21 laboratories with media stations, a Palmetum, a roof-top observatory, classrooms, lecture hall, faculty and administrative offices, botanical garden, greenhouse, outdoor plaza and cafe. Its purpose is to continue MDC’s commitment to helping advance education in the STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The complex will also serve as a regional hub for research development.   

MDC’s North Campus Science Complex is an invaluable tool for all MDC students, who must meet science requirements to graduate. In particular, it serves as a hands-on training ground for students interested in biotechnology, chemical technology, environmental sciences, and advanced manufacturing, among many other STEM careers.

For more information about the Science Complex, please contact Cristina Mateo at 305-237-1190, or


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