Northwest Vista College Breaks Ground on State-of-the-Art STEM Learning Center

Northwest Vista College (NVC) recently broke ground on its new 52,550 square foot STEM (STEM) Building. An innovative, project-based learning hub, STEM will encourage curiosity, creativity, and collaboration among students in fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. The inspiring and inclusive design by Overland Partners invites learners from different backgrounds, fields of study, and academic disciplines into the space and promotes a shared identity for all students, faculty and staff who are part of the Northwest Vista College and the Alamo Colleges District community.

“Northwest Vista College is proud to offer nationally-renowned science, technology, engineering, and math programs (STEM). Our new STEM Building will spark even more innovation and technology-based education, helping strengthen our existing local and regional partnerships while preparing students and graduates for careers of the future.” Dr. Ric Baser, President – Northwest Vista College

The STEM Building offers a beautiful juxtaposition between cutting-edge, future-forward design and the natural setting with abundant mature trees. Site amenities including outdoor learning spaces and a dedicated food truck station are integrated features of the design.

The interior of the facility is comprised of a wide range of innovative learning environments including flexible, general-purpose classrooms; chemistry, engineering, math, physics, genetics, and tutoring labs; instructor offices, and student and faculty common areas. The two-story elevated lobby and common space, wrapped in dramatic lake and tree canopy views, is the social hub for celebrating STEM on campus.


The new STEM Center is located at 3535 N. Ellison Drive, San Antonio, TX 78251, in the heart of the Northwest Vista College campus. In May of 2017, Bexar County voters approved a general obligation bond and awarded Northwest Vista College $69 million to make necessary improvements to current buildings and add new facilities.

The targeted final construction date of NVC’s STEM Center isSeptember 2021, at which time a community grand opening will be held. For more information about the project, visit

Overland Partners

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