Nebraska Wesleyan University - Acklie Hall of Science

Nebraska Wesleyan University - Acklie Hall of Science

The Clark Enersen Partners recently designed the Duane W. Acklie Hall of Science, a brand new 80,000-square-foot, three-story facility on the Nebraska Wesleyan University campus. It is the new home for the chemistry, biology, and psychology departments, with each department occupying one floor of the building. The building is designed to be a showcase of teaching and research space with an eye toward the future through the idea of “science on display.” The building itself consists of laboratory space, both teaching and research, classrooms, student gathering and collaboration space, and department and faculty offices. Technology is an integral part of the space, providing collaborative learning spaces that reflect the future of evolving pedagogy through the use of large display monitors that can be connected wirelessly.
 
The "science on display" concept is emphasized throughout the building by maximizing the use of glass, both on the interior and exterior of the building, providing views into the laboratories where possible, and keeping open visibility into student areas. The building itself also strategically emphasizes its scientific characteristics throughout by providing revealing components of its engineering systems. The new building opened for students in January 2019.