use the science laboratories each year (including general education courses).
Achatz Hall of Science and John and Toni Murray Research Center
The addition and renovation create an enhanced student experience, facilitate student research, and elevate the sciences on campus. It welcomes a variety of community-oriented activities and has become a destination for students of many disciplines because of its location on the lake, bright collaboration spaces, and magnificent design features like the grand stair.
New active-learning classrooms allow for a variety of teaching styles—from lectures to group projects. The flexible laboratories were designed with infrastructure and utilities at the perimeter of the space, allowing the flexible benches to be arranged as needed. Transparency and views into the labs and classrooms inspire students of different disciplines and promote curiosity, inquiry, and collaboration.
Unique Study Views
The addition facing the lake was seamlessly integrated and connected to the existing building, both in aesthetics and functionality. The curved shape of the glass addition connects the building's interiors to the natural curves of Mirror Lake's shore. The cascading amphitheater stair beside the large glass façade offers views from the building to the lake, creating a place for students to rest, socialize, and study.
Connection to Nature
Throughout the building, the spaces in-between classrooms feature whiteboards, collaboration nooks, and benches for students to meet, work, or rest next to natural light and exterior views. Outdoor learning spaces—with traditional blackboards and seating—were designed at the first level by the lake and on the rooftop terrace. The terrace is also used for planetary observation as well as other academic and social events.