Robertson Hall (New Science Building) and Briggs Renovation
The New Science Building at Rhodes College is designed to meet the growing needs of the Biology and Chemistry Departments. Comprised of state-of-the-art research and teaching labs, classrooms, unique study spaces, and faculty offices for both the Chemistry and Biology Departments, the New Science Building demonstrates Rhodes’ commitment to excellence in higher education. The lower level and first level of the building are dedicated to the Biology department, while the second level houses the Chemistry Department.
The new building is a book-end building to the Paul Barret Jr. Library, thereby completing and redefining the Rhodes Green quad. The lower level of the New Science Building connects to the existing, below-grade science departments of neighboring Frazier Jelke. The Collegiate Gothic design is infused with contemporary monumental glazing, and streamlined detailing throughout, taking its cues from the rich tradition and heritage of Rhodes College.
The renovation to Briggs Science Center provides a large, flexible, multipurpose room at the center of that campus for hosting lectures, seminars and receptions. Supporting break-out spaces and lounges provide comfortable areas for student gathering and study. The patios at the north and south sides extend from the multipurpose room and lounge and provide inviting exterior spaces and tie to the Rhodes green to the north and the greened and re-landscaped Frazier Jelke plaza to the south.
The renovation also supports the growth of the Computer Science Department by consolidating computer classrooms, seminar spaces, a research virtual reality lab, and faculty offices in one building to promote a connection between faculty and students.