The Achatz Hall of Science and John and Toni Murray Research Center was envisioned to be a modern, adaptable, sustainable and collaborative science learning center for the campus.Read More
The complex features new and fully renovated teaching laboratories, research laboratories and classrooms to support the Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Environmental Science, Anatomy and Physiology, Math, and Computer Science majors. A two-story atrium with a large feature stair highlights views of the scenic lake and surrounding landscape at the heart of the campus. The atrium’s large glass curtainwall façade energizes students and faculty by emitting a glow at night, highlighting the student activities inside and creating a campus beacon.
One of the unique design drivers of this project was “Distinctively Franciscan”. Stained glass windows from the existing chapel on campus were salvaged and integrated into a new window system on the upper floor overlooking a green roof. A variety of built-in displays showcase student work and celebrate the Sisters’ contributions to science, and Franciscan inscriptions were inlayed in the wooden feature stair.