Phase II of the Science Building Open for Business
It has been a long journey getting to this point. “It took many years of deliberating, planning, working hard, thinking creatively, and lobbying on the part of many people including faculty, staff, administrators, the design team, and elected officials to get to this point,” said Dr. Tom Otieno, Interim Dean of the College of Science.
Facilities in and Around the Building
At over 330,000 square feet, the new state-of-the-art science building at Eastern Kentucky University is the largest facility of its type on any college campus in Kentucky. The building houses 12 classrooms, 46 teaching laboratories, 60 research laboratories, 119 offices, and 132 graduate student workstations.
The building also contains specialty spaces such as a herbarium, a vivarium, a greenhouse, a fish and herpetology museum, an aquatic invertebrate museum, and a campus-wide chemical storage facility.
Outdoor learning spaces such as a dry stream bed, an artificial wetland, a geologic time scale and the solar system model which consists of brass plaques embedded in the sidewalk, and an outdoor classroom have been designed and strategically placed around the building and can be used as venues for research and to teach a wide variety of subjects.
These outdoor spaces also provide platforms for developing an “environmentally friendly” building that plays a huge role in EKU’s sustainability efforts. The dry stream bed collects and filters rainwater from the building and the surrounding site, and releases the storm water slowly to reduce erosion and other environmental impacts on the downstream watershed. A green roof system on portions of the building protects the roof from intense heat and cold, which, in turn, increases the life of the roof, acts as insulation for the building thus reducing heating and cooling costs, and helps to reduce the “heat island” effect caused by extensive concrete and asphalt. Green roofs can also act as an effective water management tool. A rainwater storage system allows non-potable water collected from the roof to be used for cooling the greenhouse and irrigating plants in the greenhouse. A virtual tour describing additional green features of the building can be found at: http://sustainability.eku.edu/science-building-virtual-green-tour.
Thus, in addition to the obvious benefits of more and better space and safer and more accessible environment, this facility incorporates spaces designed to promote dynamic, collaborative, and inquiry-based teaching, and to make science more visible to internal and external communities. ....Read more about the Science Building
Published on August 16, 2017