College to Dedicate New Science Center on May 16
Campus News

Franklin College has announced it will host a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated and constructed Franklin College Science Center on campus at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, May 16, 2019. Tours of the 51,000 square-foot facility will be available following the ceremony.

“We are thrilled with the functionality and visual appeal of the Franklin College Science Center, and our students, faculty and staff have fully embraced all of its offerings,” said Thomas J. Minar, Ph.D., Franklin College president. “The building design, complete with state-of-the-art spaces for project-based learning and research, is a cornerstone in our ‘learning-science by doing science’ curriculum. Now more than ever in the college’s history, we are producing the highly qualified and ready-to-work graduates that employers so desperately seek.”

The construction and renovation of the science center was designed by BSA LifeStructures, which included the design of a contemporary lab building and the restoration of the college’s historic Barnes Hall. They recently earned the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) in the Indiana Chapter in the category of a Higher Education Remodel for their work on the facility.  The Hagerman Group was the construction manager for the project.

The college broke ground on the project in May 2017.  Phase one was the construction of a 21,000 square-foot addition to the existing science building, Barnes Hall, and phase two was the renovation of Barnes Hall, built in 1927 and renovated in 1987. The newly constructed portion of the facility opened for use in May 2018, and the entire facility was opened for use in January 2019.

The science center has 12 teaching labs and three student research labs, nearly doubling the lab space previously available. Features include flexible classroom and lab spaces, dedicated space for student research projects, collaborative learning spaces, improved technology and numerous sustainability features. The building also has some unique natural features, including four large table tops harvested from a walnut tree that sat in the building expansion footprint, a rain garden and a multi-story wood and moss wall feature. The facility also has an outdoor classroom and lighted patio.

“We are very grateful to our trustees, alumni, friends and organizations who have given so generously toward this project,” said Susan Williams, chair of the science center steering committee, trustee and alumna of the college. “We are also grateful to The Hagerman Group for keeping the project under budget and on schedule and to BSA LifeStructures for its award-winning interior design.”

The college has significantly focused efforts in recent years on innovating its approach to and facilities for science education, including reinventing the science division’s curriculum in 2011, aligning it more closely with the growing demands of the industry; launching two master’s degree programs – a master’s in athletic training and a master’s in physician assistant studies; and opening the Graduate Health Science Center in 2018, located just off US 31 North in Franklin, housing classrooms and faculty offices for both master’s programs.

The public is invited to attend the dedication, ribbon-cutting and facility tours.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.

POSTED Apr 5, 2019