Newman University - Bishop Gerber Science Center & Eck Hall Renovations

Wichita, KS

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Architecture Overview:

Responding to the growth of science, allied health and nursing enrollment, the new building will include clinical learning, gross anatomy and media intensive classroom concepts, as well as chemistry, biology and physics laboratories. Student and faculty interaction spaces overlook the extension of the campus pedestrian mall, while linking learning spaces throughout the building. Connectivity to, and renovation of, the existing Eck Hall provides the opportunity for a cohesive science and health science environment that will serve as the new center of campus life.

Graphic Design Overview:

A science-inspired graphics package was created for the newly constructed Bishop Gerber Science Center on Newman University’s campus. A sculpted two-story-tall double helix is prominently positioned in the building’s foyer. This large-scale wooden icon is sculpted to appear as though it is spiraling or emerging from the wall. Complementing the double helix in both subject and material is the DNA sequencing-inspired donor recognition wall. Giving levels are represented through color and a waterfall effect created by engraved stained blocks. Extending into the classroom corridors are oversized dual-toned graphics, which alternate colors on each side of the hallway to reflect NU’s academic colors. A science-focused image at every entrance serves as a wayfinding system, communicating the specific subject taught in each classroom.

Interior Design Overview: