The Education Center and Torrington Wing of the Science Center form a southern gateway to campus with a “crystal”-topped lecture hall, identifying the lecture hall as a campuswide function. Now the largest building at the University of Southern Indiana, the project was developed in multi-levels to accommodate site grading and entrances at various elevations.
The ASSOCIATED FIRMEdmund L. Hafer & AssociatesCOST PER SQ FT$139.71FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio Wing of the Science Center joins the northwest side of the original Science Center. The vertical windows and limestone play on the proportions and rhythms of the existing center, and provide additional space for the Pott School of Science and Engineering. Unlike the existing center, the new wing is open and transparent, allowing interior spaces to be flooded with natural light. Among the series of instructional classroom spaces, the wing also includes research laboratories, a mathematics education lab, anatomy paleontology and sedimentary geology lab with two indoor wells for groundwater monitoring and an OSHA-compliant chemical storeroom. Faculty offices and meeting space also are included.
The Education Center connects to the Torrington Wing and is home to the School of Education and Human Services, Department of Teacher Education, University Division and Academic Skills. In addition to classrooms, the Education Center includes seminar rooms, computer labs, a tutoring arena, lecture halls, a rooftop greenhouse, and administrative and faculty offices.