Lafayette community gathers for dedication of Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center, a state-of-the-art facility that enhances interdisciplinary collaboration
With expressions of gratitude, admiration, and awe, the Lafayette community gathered Friday to celebrate the grand opening of the new Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center and thank the generous supporters, visionary faculty, and committed administration who helped bring the state-of-the-art facility to life.
The facility embodies the College’s commitment to the sciences, technology, innovation, and integration of disciplines. Among the more than 450 alumni, parents, community leaders, and friends in attendance, faculty and students were on hand to provide demonstrations and discuss the multiple ways in which their areas of focus have been enhanced by the center and its cutting-edge features.
In addition to the lead gift provided by Trustee Emeritus S. Kent Rockwell ’66, more than 50 individuals, corporations, and foundations have already contributed to the center, which not only has supported the building’s construction but has enhanced teaching and learning in the center in multiple ways.
The Rockwell Center offers a signature space for the biology and computer science departments and the environmental science and environmental studies programs. It also houses the Bradbury Dyer, III ’64 Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Daniel and Heidi ’91 Hanson Center for Inclusive STEM Education, the Office of Sustainability, and additional space for neuroscience. The $75 million, five-story building is the largest capital project in Lafayette’s history.
Connected to Acopian Engineering Center and adjacent to Hugel Science Center, Rockwell encourages collaboration between students and professors among the three buildings. A café and additional indoor and outdoor study spaces also are available for student and faculty use. The facility is fundamentally changing how Lafayette combines the liberal arts and sciences by providing spaces for interdisciplinary engagement and room for expansion as the College grows.
As one of the lowest-energy use academic laboratory buildings in the country, the Rockwell Center meets the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Status—one of the highest industry standards for sustainability. The building was designed to reduce energy consumption by 45 percent below the LEED baseline. It sets a new standard for the campus and supports the College’s commitment to serve as a regional and national leader in reducing energy consumption.
The glass, brick, and steel building, offering sweeping views of campus and College Hill, was designed by the Boston-based architectural firm Payette.
The Rockwell dedication honored leadership donors to all areas of the College as the annual Marquis Founders Recognition Event. Many members of Lafayette’s Marquis Society were in attendance. Marquis Society members give annually to enhance all areas of a Lafayette education. In fact, in fiscal year 2019, Marquis Society members contributed more than $20 million in support for the College.
Already a bustling hub of activity for students, the Rockwell Center is showing great promise for the multiple ways in which it will assist Lafayette to achieve its goals of enhancing curricular experiences and further integrating disciplines.
Naming opportunities still exist in the Rockwell Center. For additional information, contact Jennifer Rock, assistant vice president of development and donor engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-330-5039.
Here are a few highlights from the festivities. Visit Flickr for the full album of images.