Loyola Science Center Overview

Imagine the Future ...

Over the past 10 years, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education has been undergoing a transformation nationwide. This revolution is due in part to changing technology, but mostly because traditional pedagogy permitted a passive learning style instead of actively engaging students.

One of the critical elements of our vision is the idea that science is a human endeavor. The most powerful scientific tool at our disposal is the human mind, and building a facility that fosters creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration is essential to the spirit of scientific inquiry,

Thus, our science facility that is being constructed will feature:

  • Classrooms that permit group activities and hands-on-learning
  • Ample informal learning spaces, which are recognized as being as important as classroom and laboratories
  • Teaching and research spaces that are flexible to accommodate changing future needs
  • Physical layouts of offices, research laboratories, and common spaces that encourage interdisciplinary interaction and effective intellectual collisions between and among traditional disciplines
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Quick Facts

  • Total Square Footage: approximately 200,000 (150,000 new construction, 50,000 renovation)
  • Number of Floors: four full floors, a partial ground floor, and a rooftop greenhouse/observation deck (click here to see floor plans)
  • Groundbreaking Ceremony: May 14, 2009
  • Expected Occupancy Date: Fall Semester 2011
  • General Features/design:
  • 22 class and seminar rooms
  • 34 laboratories
  • 80 offices
  • a rooftop greenhouse for research
  • a 180-seat lecture hall for symposia and seminars
  • an atrium with coffee shop
  • a vivarium
  • numerous faculty/student research and meeting areas
  • an "Occasion Room"/ faculty meeting room