Integrating the past and future
With the design and construction of a new $64 million science complex, Holy Cross completed the most ambitious building project in its history. The construction of a new four-story building linked to the existing science and social science buildings (Beaven, O’Neil, and Swords halls) in 2009 was followed by the complete renovation of Haberlin Hall in 2010 and resulted in 142,000 gross square feet of new and renovated classroom, lecture, research and laboratory space. The new complex links the departments of biology, chemistry, mathematics/computer science, physics, psychology, and sociology/anthropology; and thus integrates classrooms, labs, private offices, and lecture halls across disciplines. The new teaching labs in chemistry and physics allow students to be fully engaged in the scientific process. From their first science course at Holy Cross to their most sophisticated senior research projects, students work in labs that are specially designed to encourage hands-on, discovery-based exploration.
Designed by the architectural firm of EYP Architecture & Engineering, the complex was constructed with the highest standards of energy efficiency and innovative environmentally-friendly elements, such as an energy recovery wheel that captures and reuses heat from air being exhausted from the building. The College received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. Considerable investment was also made in sophisticated heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems; and the new facility offers improved safety and access for all students, faculty, and visitors, including those who have disabilities or other special needs.