Harvey Mudd opens the doors of the new Scott A. McGregor Computer Science Center

Harvey Mudd College has opened the doors of its brand new Scott A. McGregor computer building. (Nanako Noda • Student life)

After years of expanding its IT department across campus, Harvey Mudd College has finally opened the doors to its brand new Scott A. McGregor Computer Science Center.

The college began construction on the building in the summer of 2019 and has been putting the finishing touches on the past few weeks, just in time for the fall semester.

The three floors Mcgregor Center features 37,000 square feet IT clinics and project studios, teaching and research laboratories, collaboration spaces and departmental offices in addition to a permanent makerspace.

Students like Qing Yang HM ’23 find the new computer construction to be a much needed change from the “disorganized mess.”

“I remember during my first year I had classes in the Galileo conference room and in the basement part of the building and it was so confusing to get around. Basically, they had computer science students running around campus in maze-like buildings. It was really difficult to find desks for the professors or even a room to study, ”Yang said.

Yang first saw the McGregor Center on Zoom last semester as his teacher gave students a virtual tour of the building during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I remember seeing the new CS building and really loving it because we finally have a really nice and easy to navigate building,” she said.

The building’s unique location and orientation helps create a welcoming gateway to the HMC campus, according to the McGregor’s HMC Guide.

The McGregor Center “will help us create a sense of community and belonging while enabling us to better meet the needs of students in a more integrated and cohesive manner,” said Jim Boerkoel, chair of the computer science department, HMC website.

The building will help meet the rise in popularity of Mudd’s IT offerings in recent years. Over 42 percent of last year’s graduates opted for a computer-related major, statistics show, down from 32 percent five years earlier.

The building novel design speak Steinberg hart architectural firm has won numerous awards over the past year, including the Southern California Development Forum’s Honor Award last December, as well as its 2020 Public Prize. Engineering News-Record California also named the computer center as the best higher education / research project in Southern California in July.


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