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Campus groundbreakings: Berea College preps new science building

Chapman University building tech center; Fairfield University working on nursing facility
University Business, July 2016
  • The Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building is now under construction at Berea College in Kentucky.
  • The $130 million Center for Science and Technology is in the works at Chapman University in California.
  • Fairfield University is building a $34 million Center for Nursing and Health Studies.

Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building

Berea College (Ky.)

Berea’s new $72 million Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health building will house the biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and nursing departments.

Designed to accent the historic aspects of campus, the 125,000-square-foot structure will feature a central lab space spanning four floors and technology-rich “classatories” that mix traditional classrooms with laboratory components. It also will have a 3D visualization lab, optics lab, high-fidelity nursing simulation center, digital learning theater/planetarium, astronomy observation deck and conference rooms.

Ballinger (Philadelphia) is the designer and Messer Construction (Cincinnati/Lexington) is the builder on the project, which is expected to be completed by summer 2018.

Center for Science and Technology

Chapman University (Calif.)

The $130 million, three-story Center for Technology will dedicate 140,000 square feet to the study of foundational sciences.

Consisting of two halls and featuring a dramatic arch design that remains true to the Prairie-style architecture of the campus, the new location for Chapman’s Schmid College of Science and Technology will include 40 labs (18 teaching and 22 research).

It will also have a computational sciences lab with a supercomputing room, six collaboration areas, research and study suites, conference rooms, faculty offices, and an outdoor amphitheater.

Scheduled to open in fall 2018, the project was designed by AC Martin (Los Angeles) and is being constructed by C.W. Driver Companies (Pasadena).

Center for Nursing and Health Studies

Fairfield University (Conn.)

In an effort to meet the continued demand for health care professionals, Fairfield University is adding a 70,000-square-foot building that will house the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies along with the Kanarek Center for Palliative & Supportive Nursing Education.

The four-story, $34 million center will feature advanced learning environments and state-of-the-art clinical settings and workspaces, including an anesthesia simulation room, control room, neonatal ICU and home care room.

Newman Architects (New Haven) and RDG (Iowa/Florida) designed the project while Gilbane (Glastonbury, Conn.) is handling the construction, with a target completion of August 2017. 

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