Science touches every part of our interconnected world, and seeing those connections on campus helps students develop a better sense of how they can have an impact. Across the country today, the fastest growing majors are interdisciplinary ones.
Creating interconnectivity between the sciences and all other academic disciplines is one of the reasons why Dordt College has constructed the new Science and Technology Center.
The first phase of the new building is complete, which has connected the academic disciplines and engaged collaboration, but the work is not finished.
Today, Dordt College is in the beginning stages of the completion phase, which will create new laboratories and classrooms.
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Phase 1—$12 million (this phase is complete)
We broke ground on the Science and Technology Center in spring 2013. As the hub for teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and math at Dordt College, the new building fosters interdisciplinary interaction across campus by connecting the to the Ribbens Academic Complex.
An engineering design and project wing includes new project areas and laboratories for civil structures and engineering mechanics, thermodynamics and mechatronics, solar energy engineering, and materials science.
A high-bay work area provides space for student design teams to develop, build, and test their prototypes. A modern teaching and research greenhouse serves agriculture and biology cap off this project and laboratory space. An expanded nursing skills laboratory was also added to the current nursing building.
Completion Phase—$13 million
This phase includes new chemistry and biology labs and research and learning facilities. Labs will be designed to accommodate new pedagogies that integrate classroom, project, and lab learning.
A field project laboratory will serve environmental studies, construction management, thermal-chemical energy research, civil-structural research, and engineering club activities. There will also be a new astronomy observatory location for classroom and public viewing.
Mathematics and computer science research and learning facilities will be remodeled, as well as the agriculture and physics labs.
Improved classroom and project space will be developed at the Agricultural Stewardship Center.
A skywalk will connect the Science and Technology Center to the Campus Center to create a fully integrated and connected academic complex.