North Park University Opens Nancy and G. Timothy Johnson Center for Science and Community Life
Sep 11 14
North Park University announced the opening of the $45 million Nancy and G. Timothy Johnson Center for Science and Community Life. The three-story, 101,000-square-foot building is anticipated to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, incorporating a number of sustainable elements both in its construction and use. The Johnson Center features Smart technology in the classrooms and laboratories, including lecture-capture capabilities, real-time sharing of data for collaboration and group activity, HDTV interactive SmartPodiums, and wireless airplay from iPads. Every lab is ADA compliant for wheelchair accessibility, and the building features more than $850,000 in science equipment. Laboratories were designed for many disciplines of study including molecular genetics, zoology, microscopy, laser spectroscopy, and anatomy--with a cadaver lab. The Johnson Center merges the concepts of student life with science, and also houses all aspects of student engagement at the University, including Residence Life and Housing, Career Development and Internships, Student Success, the International Office, and University Ministries. The design provides a variety of options for collaboration and socializing, including "pods" to support student/faculty research and discussion, a balcony and student lounge overlooking first floor entryway, Bickner Bistro with Einstein Bros Bagels, three seating areas with a fireplace, and seminar and conference rooms with catering capabilities for on-site events. There is also a dedicated Prayer Room, which features a cross and bench hand-crafted in a symbolic gesture of "transformation" using wood from a Mulberry tree that was removed during construction of the building.