The National Youth Science Foundation has embarked on a bold plan to construct a National Center for Youth Science Education (in 2015, the facility was renamed the National Youth Science Center) 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.