The National Youth Science Foundation has embarked on a bold plan to construct a National Center for Youth Science Education in the mountains of West Virginia. The Center will allow the NYSF to improve and expand its programs and become a focal point for an informal science education that encourages and inspires youth to pursue scientific careers.
Facing the challenges of developing a master plan that would preserve the best attributes of the existing NYSC while expanding the educational program, the NYSF retained the architectural firm of Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel (PWWG) with Brandstetter Carroll Inc. Through a series of visioning sessions and meetings with staff, building committee, and board of trustees, PWWG developed a facility program and Master Plan. The Master Plan considers the site in its entirety and provides a vision for a predominately pedestrian oriented, sustainable learning community consisting of educational, housing, dining, recreational and support facilities. By embracing the Center’s remote mountain setting and creating a place that is part scientific community and part scientific field station, the Master Plan seeks to engage and inspire students in their scientific explorations and professional journeys.