Bishop Gerber Science Center & Eck Hall Renovations, Newman University, Wichita, Kansas
The Bishop Gerber Science Center at Newman University provides laboratory and laboratory support space for the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The facility includes modular state-of-the-art teaching laboratories such as general biology, microbiology/genetics, human anatomy, physiology, cell biology/molecular biology/biochemistry, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physical/analytical chemistry and physics.
Faculty/student research laboratories have been intermingled throughout the instructional labs to foster collaborative and peer learning, and to facilitate shared use of common equipment and specialty support spaces. Laboratory support spaces include prep rooms, stockrooms, anatomy storage, hazardous waste storage, tissue culture, chemical storage, equipment and instrument rooms.
In addition to the laboratory spaces, the facility includes an 80-seat tiered classroom, a 48-seat active learning classroom, lobby/lounge and study lounges throughout the building. Examples of “science on display” and scientific art are also incorporated throughout the facility.
The new wing connects to the existing Eck Hall which was renovated for nursing and allied health disciplines. The combined facility supports enrollment growth in the science, nursing and allied health disciplines while creating a new center for active and collaborative learning and discovery.
The new facility is located next to the site of the existing outdated Science Facility, which was demolished to create an extension of the campus mall.