Achatz Hall of Science and the John and Toni Murray Research Center
The vision for the Achatz Hall of Science and John and Toni Murray Research Center was to be a modern, sustainable, collaborative, and innovative science learning center that embodies the Franciscan values that lay at the foundation of the University. Its location on the banks of Mirror Lake creates a connection to nature and establishes the building as a beacon on campus, welcoming students and community beyond the science majors. New active-learning classrooms allow for a variety of teaching styles—from lectures to group projects. The building features collaboration nooks and benches allowing students to take advantage of tons of natural light and exterior views. Outdoor learning spaces are also included with blackboards and seating on the first level, and a rooftop terrace that can be used for planetary observation.