The design for the Mars Center for Science and Technology seeks to realize the following goals:

Connections. Research labs, classrooms, faculty offices and common areas organized in a design that will make science visible. The facility should embody the concepts of Wheaton’s unique Connections curriculum, ensuring that the new facility serves all students.

Community. Public spaces such as an open cafe and numerous study and conference rooms, encourage students and faculty to use the facility in ways that extend well beyond scheduled class and lab times.

Sustainability. The use of state-of-the-art environmental conservation and sustainable building design practices will limit the impact of the construction process, reduce facility’s ecological footprint and result in a building that is more efficient to operate.

Flexibility. Science and technology changes swiftly and the building has been designed to evolve with the rapid pace of change, accommodating exciting new areas of study and modes of learning for students today and tomorrow.

Project leadership and management

Steering Committee:

  • Linda Eisenmann, provost
  • James Karman, trustee and vice chairman, Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Tommy Ratliff, professor of mathematics and faculty coordinator

Architects: EYP Architecture & Engineering

Owners representative: The Rise Group