Founded in 1819 and situated on 150 acres in Danville, Ky., Centre College is ranked among the nation’s top liberal-arts colleges. The college and the architect began a decade-long working relationship with the commissioning of a campus master plan in early 2002. The firm has since completed five building projects in the last six years, including COST PER SQ FT$339.00FEATURED IN2011 Architectural Portfolio recently opened Young Hall Science Center.
Built in 1970 and one of three science buildings on campus, Young Hall needed expansion and renovations to accommodate growing enrollments and enable greater innovations in the sciences. The architect designed a two-story, 43,400-square-foot science center expansion to adjoin Young Hall on the front and side. The new entry provides an updated look for the building and is more in keeping with the classical architectural style of campus. The exterior is brick and stone masonry and has a sloped shingle roof to blend with the existing campus architectural themes.
The existing hall was renovated and is connected to the addition via a two-story skylighted atrium space with lounges to facilitate student/faculty interaction and collaboration, a major goal for the new facility. Other considerations addressed in the building include flexible spaces, multiple science display areas, study rooms and increased energy efficiency. The expansion provides much-needed space with six new large classrooms, eight teaching laboratories, research labs for faculty members and new facilities for animal science. The entire facility houses the psychology, psychobiology, biology, biochemistry and molecular biology programs, as well as organic and inorganic chemistry.
Sustainable design was an important aspect of this project, as with all projects at Centre College. The building was designed to LEED standards and is pursuing silver certification.