IDEA Center Construction Photos

The three-story, 103,000-square-foot IDEA Center will house the departments of biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies, mathematics, and physics. The building will include 16 classrooms, 32 advanced laboratory-classrooms, a 108-seat auditorium, and an observatory, plus 40 faculty offices.

The name of the center incorporates the elements of Inquiry, Discovery, Entrepreneurship, and Access. “A liberal arts education fosters and develops an inquisitive mind, a thirst and excitement for discovery, and a fearless, entrepreneurial spirit. Our goal is to make sciences education accessible to all our students to equip them for success throughout their lives,” said President Marjorie Hass.

The facility, designed to meet LEED Silver certification, will include renewable energy resources, ecologically friendly construction, materials to support efficient energy consumption, solar shading and natural light, rooftop rainwater collector for irrigation, and native vegetation landscaping.

Construction is to be completed by Fall Term 2013.

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