The project will provide new teaching and research laboratory space for the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, new classrooms, faculty offices and a large Multipurpose Room that also serves as a Fermentation Laboratory and a new lobby.
The Linfield University W.M. Keck Science Center includes a 34,000 gross square footage new addition, a substantial renovation of Graf Hall that includes a voluntary seismic upgrade, and a moderate renovation of Murdock Hall. Two phases of construction are assumed to allow instruction to continue during the renovation.
Directly north of the fermentation room on the north side of Graf Hall, an outdoor terrace is proposed for organized event space as well as potential daily use as outdoor classroom space. The south facing entry plaza at the new addition will create a welcoming environment for students and faculty and is located along a main route of pedestrian travel at the termination of Renshaw Avenue to the south. At this location the building will have a strong indoor/outdoor connection and this will be reinforced in the plaza through the use of specialty paving and a generous amount of fixed seating for daily use.