Young Hall Science Center

Creating new undergraduate research opportunities.


In 2002, Centre College, founded in 1819, commissioned Hastings+Chivetta to complete a Campus Master Plan. The firm was then asked to program and design several projects, including Crounse Academic Center, Sutcliffe Athletic Center and the college’s newest residential facility, Pearl Hall, which received LEED Gold certification, the first in Kentucky.

As a result of Centre’s new strategic plan, which requires increasing opportunities for undergraduate research, Hastings+Chivetta was asked to design a two-story science center to adjoin Young Hall on the front and side. The exterior is brick and stone masonry with a sloped shingle roof to blend with the architectural themes found in the exteriors of Crounse and Sutcliffe halls.

Young Hall, built in 1970 and one of three science buildings on campus, was renovated. The two-building complex houses psychology, psychobiology, biology, biochemistry and molecular biology programs, as well as organic and inorganic chemistry. The expansion includes large classrooms, eight teaching laboratories, research labs for faculty members, significant space for science displays and new facilities for animal science. Study rooms and collaborative student-faculty interaction spaces were a priority.

The Science Center is LEED Gold certified.