vision of a new science facility for Albright is taking shape.
division faculty have been working for more than two years to map
out Albrights needs in science education, exploring options,
visiting colleges, attending conferences on creating science facilities
and talking to architects. The result was a hefty request for proposals
which described all the elements of a state-of-the-art science facility
to carry Albright well into the middle of this century.
this issue went to press, the science planning committee was preparing
to select a firm of architectural planners to integrate the curricular
and space needs for the new facility. Nine firms from across the
country submitted proposals and statements of qualifications.
fall, the planners will have worked with the science faculty to
determine how big the facility will need to be, and create a building
plan incorporating the vision stated in the request for proposal.
They will define spaces for teaching, labs, lecture halls and offices
and decide how the building will look. They will also produce a
conceptual rendering to share with the College community.
current Merner-Pfeiffer Hall of Science
addition to normal teaching, lecture and lab spaces, we need spaces
that can be shared," said biology chair Karen Campbell, chair
of the science planning committee. "For example, biochemistry
and molecular genetics use the same facilities and share instrumentation,
and right now we are moving students and equipment up and down stairs.
We need more dedicated research space for students and faculty.
Students also do much more work in small group seminars and workshops,
so we need smaller spaces as well as big spaces. Also, faculty offices
are distributed throughout Science Hall, which currently limits
the amount of interaction between faculty."
will also be built into the new building, according to Campbell,
with an eye to allowing the building and the teaching program to
adapt as science changes over the next 50 years.
new building is currently envisioned as requiring at least 60,000
square feet and costing about $25 million. The preferred location
is across from Masters Hall on the western edge of Science
Field. The new building will also free up Science Hall for much
needed offices and classrooms. The College is beginning to plan
for its first capital campaign since 1980 to provide funds for this
project and other priorities.