Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Morgan-Jones Science Building

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Institution Name: St. Andrews Presbyterian College
Original/Historic Place Name: Morgan-Jones Science Building
Location on Campus: main campus
Date(s) of Construction:
1969original construction Odell, Jr., A. G. Odell Associates, Inc.
Designer: A. G. Odell Jr. & Associates (Charlotte, NC)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/post-WWII (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: concrete
ca. 1969-present (2006)other (interdisciplinary laboratory)

The Morgan Jones laboratory building is an unconventional design. Containing 76,000 gross square feet of space and a 20,000 square foot open lab, the building allows physical space to change with educational requirements. Inside "the lab," as it is known, there are no conventional fixed components, no interior walls, no defined classrooms. Ten safety stations around the outer perimeter of the lab are the only permanent installations.

The lab facilitates work in all natural sciences. Students use portable carts, movable lab tables, and utility cores with quick disconnects to arrange their space for experimentation. Supplies for experiments come from a unique self-service wall with revolving trays. Behind the wall is a stockroom with lab equipment and supplies. The lab encourages engagement across disciplines and fosters flexibility for the changing needs of science education.


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