SBCS celebrated its 30th Anniversary on February 13, 2017. This date marked a significant milestone for our institution and the staff and faculty who dedicate themselves to advancing the careers and lives of our valued students. Our journey began as many great journeys do – on a small scale but with the promise of untold potential. Our first building was located at #3 Santa Cruz Old Road in San Juan (1987), before we relocated to Champs Fleurs in September 1990.
Our focus over the years has been to build and maintain a reputation for high-quality teaching at the tertiary level. We acknowledge the support of the students who placed their faith and trust in our institution in those early years when we were virtually unknown. Today, some of these first students have joined the institution, albeit in different capacities, as either lecturers or Managers.
THE FRUIT OF THE SEED
Since 1990, our Champs Fleurs campus has evolved over the years to become the nucleus of academic, administrative, recreational and student activities at SBCS. From this core, three other campuses were birthed. In 2003, our Centre for Media Studies was opened on Picton Street in Port of Spain. Three years later, in 2006, our South campus was opened in Cocoyea Village, San Fernando to attend to the needs of the students in the nation’s second-largest city. In 2008, the doors to our youngest campus were opened at Beaulieu Avenue in Trincity. Each of our four campuses was born out of our drive to create optimal learning environments which appeal to learners from diverse backgrounds. While each campus has its own individual identity and purpose, they are united by a common commitment and share the same vision, mission, primary objective and corporate mantra.
MINDS IN MOTION – THE STORY BEHIND SBCS’ DISTINCTIVE ARCHITECTURE
We are all familiar with the saying “the more things change, the more they remain the same” and the call to “think outside the box”. Very few have the courage to dare to do things differently or try a new approach. Few can ever dream to think outside the box, having themselves been taught inside a box. SBCS, through the medium of architecture, has sought to create a mentally and intellectually stimulating learning environment for students.
Our buildings are a physical expression of our philosophy and thinking. They represent a clear expression of what we hope to nurture at a fundamental level in the minds of our students; a spirit of creativity and innovation, and more importantly the courage to apply their learning in whatever ways they deem fit, in order to build a better society, regardless of the current norm. In short, to create minds in motion!
We believe that the physical space allocated for learning must be one that encourages and inspires students to think outside the box. We can’t expect to create a new generation of inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs unless, at the most visceral level, we are prepared to break with tradition and define our space and future.
Each campus was designed to be functional and relevant to the needs of students and staff. From the unique architecture to the use of vibrant colours, to the continuous upgrade and maintenance; SBCS has created a stimulating and comfortable learning environment for our students. This and coming years promise an expanded library and improved study facilities in Champs Fleurs; the expansion and upgrade of the Centre for Media Studies in Port of Spain; the opening of a new Customer Service area and a remodelling of the Course Administration Department in San Fernando.
Our buildings were designed by Architect Roy Mahabir, who has over the years sought to bring to life the unique educational vision of Dr Robin Maraj; faithfully reproduced with the design of each new campus. Mr Mahabir created a cohesive yet unique architectural facade for each campus, utilising the construction talents of contractors Helarion Bernard and Sunil Seepersad at the Champs Fleurs campus, and Sunil Seepersad at the Port of Spain, San Fernando and Trincity campuses.
This architectural design draws from the deconstructivist movement which encourages freedom of form rather than strict adherence to conventional design elements. Deconstructivism is characterized by ideas of fragmentation and an interest in manipulating a structure’s surface to distort and dislocate some of the architectural elements. Buildings which adopt a deconstructivist architectural style are characterized by stimulating unpredictability and controlled chaos. What better environment to prepare students for a future that is yet unknown than in a facility that mirrors the enigma which is the future!