Campus Enhancements

Science and Learning Center
Key Facts about the Science and Learning Center Renovation

Project Goals

  • Complete renovation of existing building
  • Support Whittier College's commitment to the STEM
  • Create a collaborative learning environment
  • Transform building into a campus hub
  • Replace building systems
  • Work with City at each design step

Associated projects

  • Electrical distribution system (COMPLETED Summer 2014]
  • Accessibility Pathway Upper Quad

What Neighbors Can Expect During Project

  • Activity on south side of campus
  • Activity on Philadelphia Street
  • No change in useof building
  • Improved Earlham border


Whittier College is embarking on a major renovation of the current Stauffer Science building to create a Science and Learning Center (SLC). The new building is poised to have a tremendous positive impact on the campus – improving the student experience, enhancing the College’s reputation, and providing new space for instruction, collaborative research, and other campus needs. Construction related to the SLC project is scheduled to begin in December 2014 and is slated to be completed by the beginning of the fall semester in 2016.

 As part of the planned project, we will install temporary buildings on the North Lawn and the Amphitheater parking lot to house classrooms, science laboratories, offices, and a student lounge with restrooms during construction. The use of the Amphitheater lot and eventual cordoning off of the science building lot will reduce the number of parking spaces at the academic core of the campus. These spots will be replaced by alternative parking close to campus and by expanding the use of other lots on campus that have excess capacity.

The entire process is being designed to ensure that students have the best possible educational experience at Whittier College. Classes and labs will be accommodated in the temporary facilities.

Task-oriented committees have been developing plans these past months for this project. Those include SLC design, temporary building space design, project funding and financing, alternate parking, and working with to obtain the necessary approvals on project approval, among other tasks.