Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Entrance and the green roof, Jonas Kahn '93

Outside in



State of the art.

Three stories, 77,325 square feet of a dream realized, the Mars Center for Science and Technology commands attention.

After many years of planning, the reality is even more spectacular than imagined. The walls are made not only of brick and glass, but also of hope and vision. The see-through research labs and classrooms not only showcase the collaborations between students and faculty and expand the college’s commitment to the sciences and interdisciplinary scholarship, but also reflect the support of alums who stay close to their alma mater. The study and gathering spots not only provide practical places to work, but also foster the sense of community that sets Wheaton apart. And the design details not only create a beautiful architectural landmark, but also underscore the college’s dedication to efficiency and environmental sustainability in remarkable ways.

Overall, the largest capital project in Wheaton’s history has created (as Professor Tommy Ratliff calls it) “a new center of energy on campus,” and it is breathtaking—outside in, inside out.

Look. See for yourself.

Photos by Jonas Kahn '93

Details, details

Good in green

The Mars Center for Science and Technology has been designed to achieve a prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The sustainable design and construction features include:

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An open invitation

ObservatoryThere are many public spaces that are an open invitation for those on campus and off to connect. The Diana Davis Spencer ’60 Café is an airy gathering place for a quick bite, a jolt of java, or a brainstorming session at the blackboard located near the floor-to-ceiling windows. Numerous study and conference rooms encourage students and faculty to use the building in ways that extend well beyond scheduled class and lab times. The top-floor greenhouse supports student-faculty research and is open to the public. And the new observation deck created for Wheaton’s astronomy program offers local residents the opportunity to stargaze.

Scenic science

Research labs, classrooms, faculty offices and common areas were designed to make science visible. And the facility embodies the concepts of Wheaton’s Connections Curriculum, ensuring that all students will use the building. There are 23 faculty-student research labs, 14 teaching labs, 40 faculty offices, 13 student study rooms and five seminar rooms.