Science building construction to begin
In June, Whitman College will lay the foundation for a new 37,000-square-foot science building. The new facility, which will adjoin the present science complex, "will ensure Whitman's ability to offer first-rate science courses and to meet the growing demand for science majors," said President Cronin.
Building plans feature a three-story atrium entrance, a green house, classrooms and teaching laboratories, seminar rooms, student-faculty research labs side-by-side with faculty offices, computer labs, and display space for science exhibits. Classrooms and study coves are designed to foster discussion-oriented learning while wide windows into laboratories allow observation of scientific research in the works.
One of the most exciting, most critical aspects of the design is that this will be a more inviting, open, comfortable, and friendly building," said chemistry professor Charles Templeton, faculty liaison for the project. "It will make science come alive."