Loyola Science Center Quick Facts

Aug 30, 2011

Loyola Science Center Quick Facts

Total Square Footage: Approximately 200,000

Square Footage Phase One: Approximately 150,000 (new construction)
Square Footage Phase Two: Approximately 50,000 (renovation)
Expected Completion Date of Phase Two: Summer 2012
“Green” Construction: Designed for Silver LEED certification
Architect: EYP, Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture and Engineering P.C
Construction Manager: The Quandel Group Inc., Scranton
Groundbreaking: May 14, 2009
Expected Dedication Date: Fall 2012

Academic Departments Housed in Center: Biology, Chemistry, Computing Sciences, Physics/Electrical Engineering and Mathematics

Science at Scranton:

  • More than 50 percent of students in sciences, engineering, technology and mathematics participate in research; 45 percent write formal theses; 38 percent author or coauthor a publication and/or conference paper.
  • In 2011, the overall acceptance rate to schools of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, podiatry and optometry is 80 percent. Senior applicant acceptance rate to medical schools over the last 10 years averages 80 percent (well above the national average).
  • Scranton ranked ninth out of 568 institutions for alumni who earned doctoral degrees in life sciences, and 37th of 568 in the physical sciences, according to the most recent National Science Foundation Survey on Earned Doctorates (2008).
  • All undergraduate students are required to take two natural science courses.

Building Features:

  • 22 classrooms and seminar rooms, some of which include dual screen projection, built-in computing, lecture capture and advance media capabilities.
  • 34 laboratories, including a “Superlab” that houses a suite where multiple advanced chemistry courses can be taught simultaneously.
  • A rooftop greenhouse and observation deck for research and teaching.
  • A 150-seat lecture hall for symposia and seminars with three-zone projection, lecture capture, and video streaming capabilities; an atrium.
  • Other features include: wireless access throughout, 80 offices and a two-story Occasion Room for forums/events.

              Design: Builds on Project Kaleidoscope concepts initiated by the National Science Foundation (now affiliated with Association  American Colleges and Universities) meant to enhance the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning in the sciences

Loyola Science Center Overview by Floor

Ground Level:

  • Anatomy and physiology instructional laboratory will be one of the busiest teaching laboratories in the facility. Courses for the allied health professions (such as nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and exercise science) will be taught in this room.

First-floor instructional and research laboratories for physics and computing sciences:

  • 150-seat lecture hall with three-zone projection, lecture capture and video streaming capabilities
  • Two robotics laboratories
  • Specialized rooms with sunken floors for computing science networking, teaching and research
  • Research laboratories for computing, robotics, nuclear physics, astronomy and laser work

Second-floor instructional and research spaces for biology and neuroscience:

  • Histology laboratory, which also serves as the teaching space for neuroscience, the largest interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Two-story “Occasion Room” (forum) serves as a centerpiece for gatherings and special occasions.
  • Administrative suite (consolidates administrative support for all departments in the building)
  • Laboratory designed for comparative anatomy, but also serves as the teaching space for ecology and animal behavior.
  • General physiology instructional laboratories uniquely designed to facilitate group work.
  • Research laboratories for advanced microscopy, electrophysiology and invertebrate biology.

Third-floor instructional and research spaces for biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology:

  • Biochemistry and molecular biology instructional laboratory
  • Microbiology laboratory
  • Cellular biology, immunology, and virology instructional laboratory
  • Classrooms 333 and 334, designed for both lecture and in-class collaborative pedagogies, include dual screen projection, built-in computing, lecture capture and advance media capabilities.
  • Research laboratories for biochemistry, cell culture, molecular genetics, DNA sequencing and immunocytochemistry.

Fourth-floor instructional and research laboratories for chemistry:

  • Organic chemistry instructional laboratory
  • Advanced synthesis instructional laboratory
  • “Superlab” that houses a suite where multiple advanced chemistry courses can be taught simultaneously. This suite houses much of the advanced instrumentation for chemistry.
  • Physical chemistry teaching laboratory
  • Research laboratories for advanced laser work, synthetic and analytic chemistry, organic chemistry and materials science

Rooftop research and teaching greenhouse and observation deck

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