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.

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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.