A Rising Vision

August 28, 2016 | Sarah Carlson

Drive north on Judge Ely Boulevard or east on East North 16th Street and you’ll notice a change to the skyline of The Hill – a three-story, 54,000-square-foot change.

The Halbert-Walling Research Center on the south side of campus has steadily risen in 2016 between Phillips Education Building and Nelson Hall.

Construction is slated for completion in December, after which sciences classes, offices and labs will transition to the new structure and the second phase of renovation for the 85,000-square-foot Robert R. and Kay Onstead Science Center (formerly the Foster Science Building) will begin.

With the already-open Engineering and Physics Laboratories at Bennett Gymnasium, the three science facilities compose $45 million of the $95 million Vision in Action initiative and provide innovative, modern facilities for ACU’s four science departments: biology, chemistry and biochemistry, engineering and physics, and mathematics. Additional funds will be raised during the coming months to purchase equipment for the new spaces.

“I am both awed and inspired by the new Halbert-Walling Research Center,” said Dr. Greg Straughn (’94), dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Its design welcomes you inside, providing unprecedented access to seeing research in progress. The many different collaboration areas invite your participation in discovery, and the proximity of faculty offices, teaching and research labs, and classrooms will help grow connections and partnerships that will enhance the culture of research across campus.”