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This massive academic facility was designed to encourage collaboration among students and faculty from traditionally separate disciplines.

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labs

The teaching labs are co-located with the research labs. That means undergrads don’t have to wait years before they get to observe (or even participate in) research projects.

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majors

The Center for Science and Business includes accounting, biology, biochemistry, biopsychology, business, chemistry, mathematics and computer science, physics, and psychology.

A new facet for the campus

The Center for Science and Business was constructed on a prominent campus location: adjacent to the campus gateway and facing Broadway Avenue, the main street through Monmouth, Illinois.

In the southwest corner of the campus, the Center anchors a new quad, captures unused green space, and serves as a great recruiting tool.

With a neo-Georgian style that incorporates itself into the existing architectural context, the Center for Science and Business is an eye-catching building that uses its presence to underscore Monmouth’s dedication to these two disciplines and their various faculties.

lab results

“Our labs are well-designed with clear sight lines, great lighting, and a superb use of space. As a research advisor, I can view my research students working without having to enter the rooms.”

Bradley E. Sturgeon, Ph. D, Department of Chemistry, Monmouth College

Manufacturing great collisions

The idea was simple: locate as many faculty offices as possible around a common great room.

With 50% of the faculty offices in the Center for Science and Business seeded around a common space, students and faculty are always bumping into each other, outside of their disciplines, and outside of the classroom setting.

With proximity comes community and a culture of shared space that moves beyond the traditional separation of student to faculty or major to major.

The faculty really bought into the shared, collective use of space and office distribution. During the design and construction phases, individual professors started reserving their offices, and they didn’t group by department.

We designed breakout rooms and a secure storage area to support the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program—an initiative that has students improving their skills while also volunteering their time for the community.
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Students involved in the Monmouth Coffee Project use the new, food-grade nutrition lab to explore the science behind coffee roasting, and they rely on business students to market and sell the product on campus and to the community.

We’re better together

Our work begins at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. With a long-term commitment to the people and places we serve, we have the unique ability to connect to projects on a personal level and advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

Michael Reagan
Vice President, Sector Leader, Science & Technology (Academic)
Michael Reagan
Vice President, Sector Leader, Science & Technology (Academic)

We worked with passionate and engaged faculty, staff, and administrators. President Ditzler provided a truly unique vision of incorporating science and business.… Read More

Sean Thompson
Senior Associate
Sean Thompson
Senior Associate

Projects like this one are made by the people around the table, and we had a great group from the College to the contractors.… Read More

Paul Pohlod
Principal
Paul Pohlod
Principal

It was particularly rewarding to help the College create a unique learning environment that encouraged departmental collaboration.… Read More

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