Natural Science Complex Project


Earlham College has teamed with Boora Architects of Portland, Oregon to create a science complex that will highlight the advanced scientific research of faculty and students. In an effort to demonstrate Earlham’s commitment to sustainability, all phases of the project will pursue LEED Certifications of Silver or above.

This three phase development began construction in 2012 with a complete renovation of Stanley Hall. The renovation was completed in time for the Fall 2013 Semester, and the building was dedicated on October 18, 2013.

Phase II is a 42,000 square foot addition that will provide a new home for Physics, Math and Computer Sciences as well as the new Science Center for Integrated Learning. Ground breaking for Phase 2 is scheduled for March 2014, with a completion date of May 2015.

Phase III of the Science Complex will create a new homes for the Joseph Moore Museum and the Geology Department. Additional features will include a large lecture hall and rooftop research areas.

Phase II

Construction of Phase II is scheduled to begin in March 2014. This 42,000 square foot facility will open during the summer of 2015.

A key part of this design is the Science Center for Integrative Learning (SCIL), which will support and deepen the cross-discipline collaboration for which Earlham is known. The space is designed to encourage “collision” learning – the innovative thinking and unexpected collaborations that take shape when students and faculty from many departments share space and ideas. The SCIL will host formal and informal learning environments: shared colloquium and classroom spaces, project and private work spaces, and a state-of-the-art computer lab.

The building will also become the home for math, physics, and computer science – departments that collaborate with each other and all other scientific fields. Separate computer labs and a robotics lab will encourage state-of-the-art computer science and computational research. A first-floor location will provide a solid foundation for equipment and experimentation in Physics.

Through the SCIL and new collaborations with math, computer science and physics, Phase II will touch and impact every science department and student.

Phase III

Phase III will complete the college's science facilities, supporting science research and outreach through the Joseph Moore Museum, and providing a new home for the geology department, a large lecture hall, and an innovative set of rooftop research areas. While the need for Phase III facilities is perceived as less urgent than for the Phase II facilities, their completion is no less important to the science division's success.

The new facilities will:
•    Showcase the Joseph Moore Museum as a point of on-campus and community-wide connection 
•    Provide a large lecture hall for use by all divisions of the campus
•    Enable all students to access rooftop research areas 
•    Facilitate 21st century geology research and access to field equipment.


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