Aquinas College

Albertus Magnus Hall of Science Transformation

Grand Rapids, Michigan // 85,400 sq. ft.

Client Challenge and TowerPinkster Solution

TowerPinkster worked with Aquinas College to establish a new face for their science program. The team created a design concept for the future of the science building, which was completed in two phases. Redeveloped areas feature research space, classrooms, offices, and collaborative student areas. A sizable addition houses multiple new teaching labs and a lecture hall. Academic programs including Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Nursing and Physics reside in the new space, as does the College’s Institute for Economicology.

The new space features technology-rich simulation labs for nursing students. In a joint baccalaureate program with the University of Detroit Mercy, the nursing simulation lab allows nursing students to practice and hone their skills. Adjacent to the simulation clinics is a debriefing room equipped with the technology to replay the simulation and allow instructors and students to discuss the results. This investment in sciences allows Aquinas College to continue offering a robust liberal arts education in the heart of West Michigan, while providing its students with a 21st Century STEM learning environment.

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Meet the client! Dean of Science and Sustainability/Associate Professor of Engineering Sister Damien Marie Savino, FSE, Ph.D. talks about the use of their new Science building.

Meet the designer! Senior Architect Ryan Archer  talks about the unique design of the Albertus Magnus Hall of Science.