SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY BUILDING EXPANSION
Our plan for updating our science facilities is stewardly and forward-looking. It is based on the belief that, important as theoretical insights are for shaping our thinking and work, they must be modeled in responsible service through research, design, pedagogy, and leadership if they are to transform how science and technology drive our world.
Phase 1 – $12 million
Beginning in the spring of 2013, we’ll break ground for what will serve as a hub for teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and math at Dordt College. To foster interdisciplinary interaction across campus, a two-story addition will connect the current science building to the classroom building containing faculty offices, technology-enabled classrooms, computer learning labs, informal learning spaces, and areas for public presentation and display of the ongoing work. An engineering design and project wing will include new project areas and laboratories dedicated to civil structures and engineering mechanics, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, foundations and soil mechanics, electronics, instrumentation and mechatronics, solar energy engineering, and materials science. A high-bay work area will provide space for student design teams to develop, build, and test their prototypes. A modern teaching and research greenhouse to serve agriculture and biology will cap off this project and laboratory space. An expanded nursing skills laboratory will also be added to the current nursing building during this phase.
Phase 2 – $5 million
By 2015, new chemistry and biology labs will be completed, followed by a complete remodel of all existing biology and chemistry research and learning facilities. Teaching labs will be designed to accommodate new pedagogies that integrate classroom, project, and lab learning. Research project labs will be created to enable student learning through research. Mathematics and computer science research and learning facilities will be remodeled. Improved classroom and project space will be developed at the Agricultural Stewardship Center.
Phase 3 – $3 million
The final phase may begin concurrently with the second phase. It will include the renovation of the current agriculture and physics laboratories, and connect the new Science and Technology Building to the Campus Center via a skywalk to create a fully integrated and connected academic complex. A field project laboratory will be created to serve environmental studies, construction management, thermal-chemical energy research, civil-structural research, and engineering club activities such as the concrete canoe team or the human-powered vehicle team. A new astronomy observatory location for classroom and public viewing will be included in this phase.
If you are interested in supporting Dordt College’s ongoing mission and expansion efforts, you can contribute online. If you would like to speak with a development representative about your gift, please call 1-800-343-6738 (option #3) or 712-722-6020 or email the advancement office.