Lock Haven University's new Science Center houses all aspects of the University's Science Program, increasing their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) space by 70 percent.
A portion of the East Campus was demolished and the center courtyard was in-filled. This approach allowed the new structure to occupy the existing footprint, minimizing COST PER SQ FT$315.00FEATURED IN2014 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLaboratories site disturbance. Cast stone and large windows employed on the façade now complement structures within the surrounding historic neighborhood. Local materials were used throughout to reduce energy and transportation costs.
The first floor houses geology, physics and nanotechnology. The second floor consists of biology, faculty offices, and a large auditorium-style classroom, while the third floor accommodates chemistry and three large classrooms. Labs, located on each floor, have state-of- the-art workstations that are fully wired for research and learning.
Marcellus Shale deposits found in the region have become a major contributor to the natural gas supplies of the United States. The new Science Center serves as an important link between education and industry, providing qualified graduates who can meet the needs of the gas and oil industry, as well as the needs of the commonwealth and the nation.