Lebanon Valley College | Neidig-Garber Science Center

Annville, PA

The original Garber Science Center was built in 1981 in an era of maximum cost cutting; all windows originally planned for the facility were removed at the time of construction as a “value engineering” effort, resulting in a warehouse type structure.

This 73,000 SF addition/renovation completely transformed this outdated facility into a modern, integrated science learning community. The mechanical/electrical systems were totally replaced and the brick walls were removed in selected locations to introduce light and windows to the interior. Additional towers of laboratories were added to the building to provide swing space during the renovation and to provide one new large lab for each department. The building contains all of the undergraduate biology, biotechnology, chemistry and physics including 30 fume hoods. It also has an interior 3-story atrium surmounted by a skylight.

Student zones, relocated offices and an emphasis on student/faculty research are part of this program. The building merges the chemistry, biochemistry and biology disciplines in a new biotechnology suite. Its up-to-date exterior image incorporates a new entrance from the quadrangle and a geometrically skewed exterior volume provides daylight for the student zones and faculty offices.

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