Stanley Hall was built in 1972 and is named after Wendell M. Stanley, Class of 1926. Stanley was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in 1946 for his research on viruses. Phase I of the Natural Science Complex was the renovation of this 45,000 square foot facility.
The renovations of Stanley Hall were completed in August 2013 at a cost of $17.6 million, making the science facilities at Earlham College more collaborative, efficient and visible. The projects modernized and reconfigured labs for optimal collaboration between chemistry, biology and biochemistry, better reflecting the way science is conducted today and giving students more opportunities to participate in research across the disciplines.
A grant from the National Science Foundation funded a portion of the project which includes five “research neighborhoods” organized by research themes and common function including analysis, biochemistry, molecular biology, support and synthesis. In addition, air, vacuum, nitrogen, high purity water and ample storage will be available in every lab. Additional renovations funded solely by the College included teaching laboratories, classrooms, seminar rooms, offices and support spaces.
The exterior features a south-facing wall of large windows that will overlook a crustaceous garden upon the completion of Phase II. Most research labs have interior glass walls facing the corridors allowing passersby to witness students splicing genes, sequencing DNA, conducting heavy metal analysis, and using equipment including a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, gas chromatographer, mass spectrometer, a dual-view ICP, and an atomic absorption spectrometer among others.
Stanley Hall received a LEED Silver certification from the US Green Building Council showing Earlham’s commitment to sustainability. The LEED certification process requires us to demonstrate sustainable practices and reducing the environmental impact of the buildings with sustainable purchasing practices, water and energy use, waste stream management and indoor environmental quality.
“This is our vision for the future of modern science and science education: collaboration among students and faculty of different backgrounds, working together on problems that span traditional disciplinary boundaries.”
– Charlie Peck ‘84,
Associate Professor of Computer Science
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