In response to rapid growth in undergraduate science majors, Murray State University retained Hastings+Chivetta Architects, in association with Research Facilities Design, to program, plan and design their new state-of-the-art Science Complex.
The Chemistry Building is the second of the three-phased Science Complex project. During Phase II, completion of the 66,539 SF Biology Building and new construction of the connecting Tower and Chemistry Building took place. The two-story Chemistry Building houses two classrooms, an expansive lecture hall designed to accommodate 144 students, spacious lounge areas, 14 faculty offices, and 14 faculty research labs on the first floor.
The second floor consists of eight state-of-the-art teaching labs, four instrumental analysis labs, and a chemical stock room. The connecting Tower between the Biology and Chemistry Buildings includes a landscaped outdoor plaza—an ideal gathering spot for students.
In addition to the plaza, a semi-open ground-level colonnade is covered by an enclosed second floor hallway connection between the two buildings. The roomy 3,665 SF corridor features a vending area, comfortable lounge seating, and a state-of-the-art conference room. The Tower is topped by an open colonnade, which employs a bell system. Illuminated clocks and a lighted cupola cap the Tower, acting as a campus beacon for the cutting-edge Science Complex.