Grace College’s vision for the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex was to create a modern science building that will inspire and excite students about the college’s growing science programs.

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The project includes the renovation of the 1976 Cooley Science Center and an additional 13,000 sf of new construction. A central theme throughout the project is bridging to create connections, both literally and figuratively. The upper level bridge overlooking the two-story atrium connects the renovated labs with new labs in the addition while providing views out to the woods, strengthening the visual connection to nature and the community.

New multi-purpose labs serve as flexible teaching and research spaces, a round classroom introduces a new teaching pedagogy to the campus encouraging student participation and active learning, and the building serves as a new home for the Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams which conducts research and engages the community through learning and outreach programs. A variety of study and soft seating areas are provided throughout the complex to promote collaboration among students and faculty.