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Sneak Peek: Inside the Bush Science Center

July 31, 2013

By Laura J. Cole ’04 ’08MLS

An image of the new Bush Science Center.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Construction workers, faculty, staff, and students put the final touches on the Bush Science Center, which will be ready for classes on August 26.

According to Director of Facilities Scott Bitikofer, the newly renovated Bush Science Center (BSC) is the perfect balance of beauty and substance. “The outside of the building is contextual with others on campus, and the inside is perfectly suited for academic programming. It’s not an easy balance to strike but architect Charles Kirby lives for designing science buildings and we think he got it just right.”

An image of the new Bush Science Center.An image of the new Bush Science Center.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Construction workers travel with fire inspectors to make sure everything is up to code.

An image of the new Bush Science Center.An image of the new Bush Science Center.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Featuring three-story, floor-to-ceiling windows, the atrium provides an abundance of natural light—the lack of which is no longer a problem. BSC now boasts 134 exterior windows.

An image of the new Bush Science Center.An image of the new Bush Science Center.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Labs and classrooms also benefit from natural light. Most of them are designed with glass walls, totaling 203 glass panels throughout the building.

An image of the new Bush Science Center.An image of the new Bush Science Center.
Photo by Scott Cook.

The atrium provides a place for students to gather between classes to hang out, study, or rest. “The building is designed around students,” Archibald Granville Bush Professor of Science Thomas Moore says.

An image of the new Bush Science Center.An image of the new Bush Science Center.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Located on the first floor, the café will include a smoothie station and offer other snacks and beverages.

An image of the new Bush Science Center.An image of the new Bush Science Center.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Students and faculty unpack and organize lab equipment.

An image of the new Bush Science Center.An image of the new Bush Science Center.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Physics students unpack and setup a lab in the basement.

An image of the new Bush Science Center.An image of the new Bush Science Center.
Photo by Scott Cook.

IT staff members make sure desktops in the computer lab are student-ready.

An image of the new Bush Science Center.An image of the new Bush Science Center.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Labs feature brand-new, state-of-the-art equipment.

An image of the new Bush Science Center.An image of the new Bush Science Center.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Throughout the building the sciences are mixed together to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration. The second floor, for instance, features research labs for biology, chemistry, and psychology, as well as faculty offices representing areas from mathematics, computer science, psychology, and physics.

An image of the new Bush Science Center.An image of the new Bush Science Center.
Photo by Scott Cook.

From the third floor, visitors can view labs and classrooms on all three levels.

An image of the new Bush Science Center.An image of the new Bush Science Center.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Facilities is planting more than 100 new plants around the building—all but one of which are native Florida species.

An image of the new Bush Science Center.An image of the new Bush Science Center.
Photo by Scott Cook.

BSC is the largest building on campus and, with an open floor plan, the building is sure to seem larger than before. In reality the building only increased in size by 4,000 square feet. At 104,000 square feet, BSC now contains 51 offices, 19 research labs, 18 student-faculty lounges, 15 classrooms, and 15 instructional labs.

Two students walking through campus.

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