Science building groundbreaking
The future of science at Columbia College has arrived.
Dr. Gerald Brouder, president, Dr. Terry Smith, executive vice president and dean for Academic Affairs, Mike Randerson, vice president for Adult Higher Education, plus the college’s senior leadership, faculty, staff, students, trustees and distinguished guests attended the long-awaited Science Building groundbreaking on the former softball field on Rangeline Street on May 3.
The two-story science building has been designed to promote interaction among students and faculty. The building has also been designed to unify the architecture of the adjacent buildings, incorporating green technology to demonstrate environmental stewardship and model environmental construction principles. For the first time, all faculty members teaching science and nursing will not be spread out in four buildings on campus but be in one location, where they can interact and collaborate daily with students and each other.
And students will no longer need to leave campus to work on essential equipment such as a mass spectrometer. Nursing, now in Federal Hall, will have a patient simulation room, which is crucial to modern nursing education, and forensic science can reproduce crime scenes in dedicated space. Learning technology and safety equipment will be incorporated throughout the laboratories.
Science building fast facts
- 52,033 square feet
- 126-seat auditorium
- Five general laboratories: two biology, one chemistry, one physical science and one anatomy/physiology
- Eight advanced laboratories: nursing, forensics, three advanced biology and three advanced chemistry
- Five additional classrooms, including one dedicated to forensic science
- Eighteen faculty office spaces, including offices for the lab manager and assistant lab manager
- Exterior is brick, limestone and glass; roof is colored metal
The design incorporates natural light from skylights in corridors that will lead people out of the central area either north along the laboratory wing containing general biology, chemistry and anatomy and physiology or west into the faculty office area. At the ends of these corridors are smaller areas where students can meet and study. The laboratory spaces are laid out as flexible modules that can be modified as the needs of science education evolve.
Click here for the architect’s schematics of the building.
The building is expected to open by the beginning of the 2013 fall semester and house all college science programs, now spread throughout campus but particularly in Robnett-Spence Hall, which opened as an infirmary in 1969 and is just - inadequate.