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Renovations continue on the Collier Hall of Science

The ongoing renovation work to the Collier Hall of Science continues, with great strides having been made in 2012 and other work on line for completion by the start of the 2013-14 academic year.

Renovations to Collier’s laboratories and classrooms will help the College keep pace with the rapidly changing field of science and technology and provide an improved environment for Moravian students to study and learn.

To that end, a new anatomy and physiology lab is being built adjacent to new student study spaces on the third floor.  And one floor below that, work on a computational modeling lab is underway. The laboratory will allow for high-end computing and sophisticated analysis of scientific data, including a geographic information system (GIS) that enables data to be captured, managed, analyzed and displayed in ways that reveal geographic trends and patterns.

Although changes to this point have been fully funded, one of the next steps, requiring an additional $1.2 million, is one of the most exciting parts of the project, according to Gordon Weil, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty.

A so-called “super lab” will be constructed on Collier’s main floor, just off the lobby. This laboratory will consist of a physical chemistry lab and a biochemical/quantitative analytical chemistry lab. These laboratory spaces will be divided by a seminar room and an instrumentation room. The exterior walls of this laboratory complex will be glass, allowing visual access from the surrounding hallways.

“Being able to see students and faculty working shoulder to shoulder on new super lab equipment will put the excitement of science on display,” says Weil about the glass-walled rooms.

“The super lab will enable us to continue to support student/faculty research-something we do very well at Moravian- and not only to support current research, but to expand it,” he adds.

Gary Carney, vice president for advancement, says, “We have already received some generous leadership gifts for the super lab. It is my hope that alumni, parents and friends will recognize the importance of this space for our science students and provide the remaining financial support necessary to make it a reality.” 

One other part of the overall project involves renovation to the introductory physics lab, creation of an environmental science lab in an existing lab space, and a complete redesign of Collier’s main entrance. These last renovations will require approximately an additional $4.8 million.

Although state-of-the-art when it was constructed in 1970, Collier has aged, and was also in need of considerable upgrades to its infrastructure. The roof and windows needed repairs and the HVAC, fire safety systems, fume hoods and electrical switch gear will be replaced or upgraded to current building code or standards. All these changes are important to both occupant health and safety while reducing the building’s energy consumption and maintenance. In addition, an elevator and handicapped access has been added to the building’s west side, near PPHAC.

“The core of the building is solid, but needed fixes,” explains Gordon Weil, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty. “We had a much more ambitious plan, but when the economic crisis hit, we decided to reevaluate and to work on a smaller scope. This building houses the most faculty, the most students, and the most number of courses” making it one of the College’s top projects.

“In addition, this infrastructure work will allow any existing lab to be ready for upgrades and further development, providing our students with the best possible labs,” he adds.

For more information about ways to support the work at Collier Hall of Science, contact Gary Carney, vice president for institutional advancement at or 610-625-7910.