The James E. and Mary Anne Rogers Science and Health Building will provide much needed well-equipped classrooms, faculty and staff offices, and practicum areas for Queens students. Located at the intersection of Selwyn and Radcliffe avenues, its design will mirror that of the existing Sykes Learning Center to the south on Selwyn, providing "bookends" on the far corners of campus. The Rogers and the Duke Energy Foundation separately gave major gifts that made this project possible.
This new three-story facility will feature new state-of-the-art classroom and lab space for a variety of disciplines including anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, computer science, embryology, environmental science, genetics and developmental biology, geology, mathematics, microbiology, and physics.
A variety of academic departments will also make use of the building's general purpose classrooms and a 100-seat Duke Energy Auditorium. Additional space with be devoted to an innovative rooftop greenhouse where students can manipulate plant growth conditions and environmental factors in ways not possible in a traditional laboratory, and an adjoining herbarium.
While this extraordinary Platinum LEED-certified facility will be directly involved in teaching about environmental conservation - Queens' Environmental Science Department will be among academic units housed there - it will also be demonstrating conservation, as the abundance of green design features ensures that students learn both in and from the building. Its "green wall" with plants native to N.C. will help keep the building cool, for example.
We are thrilled that this state-of-the-art building will finally provide a facility that matches the high quality of our science and health faculty, students and programs.
Dr. Reed Perkins of the Environmental Science Department shares how the Rogers Building will enhance learning at Queens: