Campus Construction Highlights




Biology, Engineering, and Psychology (BEP) Building

BEP construction highlights can be found here.


Campus-wide Steam System Replacement (Phases 1 and 2)

The first phase of a multi-year project to replace the aging steam heating system on campus began in 2018. Construction is underway to install equipment in the Central Utility Plant north of the Science Center and piping from that building to the heating system of the new Biology, Engineering and Psychology (BEP). Concurrent with this work, piping is being installed from the BEP building to Pearson Hall to add Pearson to the new hot-water system.


Hicks Hall

Scheduled for demolition in Summer 2019.

Sustainability Features:

  • Exterior stone from Hicks Hall will be saved and stockpiled for future reuse.
  • Egleson murals will move to Old Tarble.
  • The memorial stones embedded in exterior walls will be salvaged and incorporated in a retaining wall in the Nason Garden.
  • Construction debris will be recycled and diverted from landfills as much as possible.


Kyle House

Serving as the temporarily field office for the BEP construction management team. Kyle House will be restored as a student residence in Fall 2020.


Martin Biological Laboratory

Martin will be vacated when BEP is completed in Summer 2020. Building assessment and feasibility studies were initiated in Fall 2017 for the eventual repurposing of Martin to suit other academic needs.


Sproul Observatory

Interior alterations began in Fall 2017 to repurpose Sproul Observatory as the new Hormel-Nguyen Intercultural Center. The Hormel-Nguyen Center is slated for completion in Fall 2018.




Beardsley Hall

The Philosophy department moved into Beardsley in August 2017. The Media Center in Beardsley was enlarged significantly and associated video production space has been moved across the hall.


Kohlberg Hall

New finishes, furniture and AV equipment were added to Room 116 to promote active learning and innovative teaching methods. This room is a pilot for the conversion of other classrooms on campus to support active learning.


Papazian Hall

Demolished in July 2017 to make room for BEP.

Sustainability Features:

  • Some of the exterior stone was salvaged and will be used in the landscape around the BEP building.
  • Portions of the original entablature for the building will be incorporated in a retaining wall in the Nason Garden.
  • Construction debris was recycled and diverted from landfills as much as possible.


PPR Apartments

The recently completed PPR Apartments fully incorporates new sustainability framework standards.

Sustainability Features:

  • Rooftop solar panels for power and hot water
  • High-efficiency windows and lighting
  • Trees and shrubs in planters on the terrace overlooking the baseball field, serving as a batter’s eye and to help manage stormwater (Fall 2018)
  • Compost bins provided in every suite, as well as several 'waste stations' (including compost, recycling, and trash bins) placed on every floor

  • Designed with flexible space for potential use as student gardens


Pittinger and Palmer Residence Halls

Renovations were completed in Summer 2017. Bathrooms were rebuilt, new flooring and carpet were installed, and public areas and student rooms were repainted.


Roberts Residence Hall and Woolman House

Renovations were completed Summer 2018. Bathrooms were redone, new flooring and carpet was installed, and public areas and student rooms were repainted.


Whittier Hall

Opened Spring 2017. Whittier currently houses the Psychology department as well as Engineering shops that were previously located in Papazian Hall. After the Engineering shops and Psychology move to the new BEP building, Whittier will become home to Art Department studios, classrooms for Art History and Studio Art, and an outdoor sculpture garden.

Sustainability Features:

  • Constructed utilizing sustainable materials and bird-safe glass
  • Photovoltaic array for electricity generation
  • Large geothermal well field for heating and cooling
  • Small green roof
  • Part of a stormwater-management bed project (involving Kyle House, Lang Center, and DuPont Parking Lot) designed to handle runoff from the watershed where the building is located, significantly reducing the runoff reaching Crum Creek
  • Sunshades cut back on solar gain in the interior, reducing the energy used for cooling