'Burst of New Energy upon
New Science Building to Bring 'Beneficial
Samford's new Science Building, shown in an architect's
rendering, is scheduled to open during the fall of 2001.
Samford will open the 21st century
with "a burst of new energy and emphasis upon the sciences,"
and a $23 million Science Building-the largest and most expensive
project undertaken by the University-is the epicenter.
"The beneficial aftershocks should reverberate for some
time," said Samford President Thomas E. Corts. "Along
with the new building, new equipment and instrumentation should
afford the student an unsurpassed undergraduate experience."
Samford's Biology, Chemistry and Physics departments will move
to the new three-and-a-half-story structure on the eastern edge
of the campus quadrangle in the fall of 2001.
"Science will dominate humankind's future," said Dr.
Corts, "so it is important that Christian institutions be
The comprehensive science facility-located across Montague Drive
from Reid Chapel-will contain classrooms, research labs, lab
support space, administrative offices and other related areas
necessary to support 35 total labs.
Corts noted that Samford has produced outstanding graduates in
pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, mathematics and the sciences over
"Strong as these programs have been, this new structure
will provide exceptional facilities, allowing us to channel new
energy and emphasis into biology, chemistry and physics,"
he said. "Student learning is the dominant focus of the
new building, and the very latest in electronic and wet-lab learning
opportunities will be standard. Facilities will support both
faculty and undergraduate research."
The building will include a 60-seat planetarium and conservatory.
"The new planetarium will be more advanced than any in this
area," noted Corts, "and the conservatory should be
an exceptional, hands-on learning environment."
The new building will straddle the pedestrian bridge to Beeson
Woods, with access to the housing complex incorporated into the
design of the building's first floor. The construction project
has necessitated temporary closing of the bridge.
The building was designed by Davis Architects, Inc., which has
designed most other campus buildings during a 50-year relationship
The Biology Department has been housed in Russell Hall from the
day Samford moved to its Shades Valley campus in 1957. The Physics
Department was originally housed in Russell and the Chemistry
Department in Ingalls Hall, the pharmacy building. Chemistry
and Physics moved to Brooks Hall when it opened in 1966.
Once the science departments move from Russell and Brooks halls,
the older buildings will be refurbished for use by other departments.