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The Euler Science Complex: Ready for its close-up

Published: Oct 10, 2012

Dedication ceremonies for the Euler Science Complex are scheduled for Friday, October 19, at 4:00 p.m., in the Lembright Atrium. After a month in the Euler Science Complex, Taylor University faculty and students say the new facility is everything they hoped for … and more.

“That’s something we as a faculty were really looking forward to seeing,” said Dean of Natural and Applied Sciences Dr. Bill Toll. “It’s nice to see all the student traffic. The purpose of the building is for students to take classes in it and work with people, so it’s nice to see that happening.”

After two years of construction, the $41.4 million facility opened for faculty move-in during July, and students and their professors have been able to enjoy the building together since classes began in late August. This weekend, there are several open house opportunities for alumni, family and friends to visit the facility for themselves. Those times are scheduled for 3:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m., on Friday, and at 11:00 a.m., 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m., Saturday.

“I think everyone, students, faculty and staff alike, have been very pleased with what has happened here,” said Associate Professor of Physics and Engineering Dr. David Boyajian. “I’ve encountered some faculty and students who every time I run into them keep saying, ‘I love this new building. I love this new building.’ It’s almost become a mantra with people here. I think everyone is very happy.”

Spacious classrooms and labs, plenty of group study areas and a four-story atrium make up most of Euler’s 137,000 square feet. “There are a lot of advantages simply because of the additional space,” Toll said. “We have project space. We do a lot of projects for class groups, for missions and for companies.”

Student reactions to the new building have been overwhelmingly positive.

“I definitely appreciate the building a lot,” said junior political science major Brianna Leever, who is taking Mathematical Statistics in Euler. “It’s more inspiring to learn and contribute in here. It’s a new environment that’s intellectually stimulating.”

In addition to the extra space and new equipment, students and faculty have been impressed by Euler’s design and interior.

“The architecture is so beautiful,” said sophomore environmental science major Megan Klayum. “It’s very open, there is a lot of natural light coming in the windows and lots of new furniture. I love it.”

Toll believes the building’s aesthetics and group study areas are already paying dividends.

“I can’t help but think that when people are in a relaxed atmosphere that it’s a lot easier to work,” Toll said. “There are definitely studies that show, at least in the sciences, if you have lots of interaction space then students are going to learn more from [each other]. There are studies that indicate it improves academic performance.”

And students not studying in the School of Science have taken notice – many students from around the campus take advantage of Euler’s unique ambiance and conduciveness to group study.

“It’s nice that there are not only science majors there,” said junior computer science major Phil Brocker. “Everyone can be there; it’s kind of an extension of the library or the student union. You have a lot of different people hanging out in Euler, even if they don’t have class there.”

Euler’s classrooms and labs were designed to be rearranged and upgraded with ease when new technologies or types of equipment become available in years to come.

“There isn’t much fastened to the floor,” said Physics and Engineering professor Dr. Bob Davis. “The rooms are pretty reconfigurable. We didn’t bolt anything down that didn’t have to be. As ideas, teaching styles and modes change, the building can change.”

Underneath all the functionality and distinction of Euler is a tangible commitment to sustainability. The entire complex is designed to meet LEED specifications, meaning that it produces less landfill waste, gives off less greenhouse gas emissions and conserves energy and water. Innovative features such as a heliostat atrium that disperses natural light throughout the complex, a geothermal heating and cooling system, solar panels, wind turbines and an insulating rooftop garden all play a part in saving energy and reducing the building’s ecological footprint.

“I just walk around this building and smile, because everything is so nice, so functional and good,” Davis said. “It’s very elegant and very modern looking. It’s a great place in which to work. I just think it’s gorgeous. It’s a great tool.”

For more information on the Euler Science Complex visit www.taylor.edu/euler.