MU Science Center, Macon, Georgia

Mercer University Spearman C. Godsey Science Center, Macon, Georgia: Learning Labs in Motion

With six Goldwater scholars in the past five years, numerous recipients of other competitive national scholarships and fellowships in the sciences, and a U.S. News & World Report top 50 ranking in undergraduate research opportunities, Mercer’s profile as a research institution has never been higher. In May 2016, the University began construction on a signature project designed by Architect of Record, Hussey Gay Bell and Project Designer, LEO A DALY to ensure that momentum continues.

At a cost of $44 million – the largest capital expenditure in the University’s history – the four-story, 143,410-square-foot Spearman C. Godsey Science Center includes 60 teaching and research labs in addition to classrooms, lecture halls and offices to accommodate growing enrollment and research activity in chemistry, biology and neurosciences. Aside from general biology and chemistry labs, the center includes specialized teaching labs in soil and field biology, anatomy and physiology, infectious diseases, molecular and cellular biology, organic chemistry, problems in chemistry and biochemistry. Additional specialized labs housing instrumentation and a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, as well as a laser lab, computational center, growth room, cold room and tissue culture suite are included in the facility. Lab space is also devoted to science courses offered through Penfield College and Tift College of Education.

Three medium classrooms each seat 75 to 100 students, while four small classrooms seat 32 students each. The center houses 46 offices and includes outdoor seating space as well as an informal amphitheater.

The Patterson Building was demolished to make room for the signature structure that anchors a science and innovation quadrangle incorporating School of Medicine and School of Engineering facilities, Willet Science Center, and the Mercer Innovation Center. The quadrangle is named for Mercer alumnus and trustee A.V. Elliott, who provided a lead gift for the project. Willet is being renovated and will house the computer science and psychology departments, as well as environmental engineering, public health and Mercer’s new master’s degree program in athletic training.

Hussey Gay Bell led the architecture, interior design and engineering efforts while LEO A DALY performed programming, PKAL principle application and lab planning.

The project was constructed via Design/Bid/Build by Macon-based Chris R. Sheridan Construction Company.

[Images: Courtesy of Mercer University]

Mercer University Science Center
Macon, GA

The sedentary days of learning and teaching while one sits in a lab have gone to the wayside. Mercer’s new undergraduate sciences building’s entire planning, design and construction efforts were centralized around efforts to make science “move” and it’s completion embodies a new journey of learning in motion. In 2016, the university embarked on a journey to construct their largest capital expenditure to date resulting in the delivery of this new, state-of-the-art 144,000 square foot science facility.