The Science Center is a state-of-the-art facility that is filled with classrooms, laboratories, study areas and faculty offices. The south end is home to the Physicians Atrium, Flory Auditorium, rooftop greenhouses and seminar rooms. Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics share the first floor. Biology, Ecology, Physiology and General Science occupy the second floor. Chemistry encompasses the third floor. Glassed study areas and faculty offices on the second and third floors face the campus mall. A three-story lobby on the south end is a dramatic commons and gallery that is a highly visible main entrance to the facility.
The structure was designed to accommodate the unique needs of each discipline. For example, the biology department contains a greenhouse, which was integrated into the center atrium design and other departments have room darkening capabilities, enhanced acoustics, or an exposed structure to support suspended experiments.
A rooftop observation deck and a seismometer encased in a steel tube, immediately adjacent to the building, are other prominent features.
Location: North Manchester, Indiana
Engineer: F&G Engineers, Inc.
Total Project Cost: $17 million
Total Square Feet: 85,600