Illinois Wesleyan University asked Hastings+Chivetta to plan and design its Center for Natural Sciences. The learning and research facility was planned to accommodate an interactive, interdisciplinary, and collaborative approach to science programs.
The university expressed a need for a facility flexible to changes in technology and curriculum, environmentally friendly, and equipped with spaces conducive to both formal and informal interaction.
Science programs located in the 132,000-SF facility include biology, chemistry, physics, geology, psychology, mathematics, and computer science. The building contains lecture halls, classrooms, teaching laboratories, commons areas, administrative offices, and support space.
Research laboratories totaling 9,500 SF are available for students and faculty. The building is organized by function rather than by academic department. Functional zones of the building include laboratories, offices, study/computer centers, and classrooms/lecture halls. These four functional areas intersect at the building’s commons.