Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
Science and Mathematics Building

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Institution Name: Meredith College
Original/Historic Place Name: Science and Mathematics Building
Location on Campus: West Campus Dr.
Date(s) of Construction:
2001-2003original construction BJLAS Architecture
Designer: BJLAS Architecture (Raleigh, NC)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Contemporary, Other (Glossary)
Significance: culture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation:
Walls: red brick with limestone trim
Roof: slate
 
Function:
2003-present (2006)academic department building (mathematics and science)
 

Narrative:
Through the Science and Mathematics Building (as yet unnamed), Meredith makes a statement on the education of women, calling this "a new era of science and mathematics at Meredith College." According to the college magazine, Meredith, features of the building include an "atrium, common area, outdoor lecture space, reflection pool, student-designed Penrose tile floor, and art gallery space."

The Raleigh News and Observer reported in July 2002 that "[t]he 80,000-square-foot facility with a glass atrium triples Meredith's lab space and includes wired classrooms, a high-powered electron microscope, and a rooftop astronomy platform. It will enable professors to perform more complex experiments and recruit more students with a passion for science."

In October 2002, the Associated Press reported: "Rosalind Reichard, vice president for academic affairs at Meredith College....said her school's $20 million science building is more about keeping up with technology than keeping up with other colleges. 'We're a women's college and we are wanting to open doors for women.'"

Faculty-student collaborative research is one of the opportunities made possible by the new facility. The headquarters of the North Carolina Academy of Science are located in the Science and Mathematics Building at Meredith.
 

References:

Annual Report of Meredith College. [n.d.]. Archives, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC.

Britt, Suzanne. Images: A Centennial Journey. Raleigh, NC: Meredith College Press, 1991.

Collection of master plans. Archives, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC.

Johnson, Mary Lynch. A History of Meredith College. Second ed. Raleigh, NC: Edwards and Broughton Company, 1972.

Robinson, Carolyn C. The Vision Revisited: A History of Meredith College, 1971-1998. Raleigh, NC: Meredith College Press, 1998.

 

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