Groundbreaking for a new science center at Lewis University took place on October 13, 2010. This very dramatic 80,000 square foot addition and enhancement to the existing Science Building integrates new laboratories, spaces for undergraduate research, as well as gathering spaces that foster collaborative learning and greater faculty-student interaction.
The Science Center project was made possible, in part, through the success of The Campaign for Lewis University: Touching Hearts & Minds, that centered on providing increased scholarship funding and expanding facilities to enhance learning.
The $16.1 million project includes 52,000 square-feet of new construction and a 28,000 square-feet renovation of the Academic Building. More than 100 bids were reviewed representing 60 different trades. Eighty percent of the trade contractors will be from Will and DuPage counties. Wight & Company is managing the construction of the project which is targeting LEED certification.
Lewis is uniquely centered in a science triangle roughly bordered by Fermilab to the northwest, Argonne National Laboratory to the east, and Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie to the south.
Access to these highly visible science research centers and resources offer an exceptional opportunity for the Lewis science programs, faculty and students, making this new Science Center more relevant than ever. In the past five years, Lewis University has experienced a 47 percent increase in enrollment in its undergraduate science programs.