The James E. and Mary Anne Rogers Science and Health Building provides well-equipped classrooms, faculty and staff offices, and practicum areas for Queens students. Located at the intersection of Selwyn and Radcliffe avenues, its design mirrors the Sykes Learning Center to the south on Selwyn, providing "bookends" on the corners of campus.
This new three-story facility features 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 also use the building's general purpose classrooms and the 100-seat Duke Energy Auditorium. Additional space is 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.
Queens' Environmental Science Department is one of the academic units housed in this extraordinary Platinum LEED-certified facility. While they teach about environmental conservation, Rogers Hall also demonstrates conservation with an abundance of green design features. For example, a "green wall" with plants native to North Carolina helps keep the building cool.
The Rogers and the Duke Energy Foundation separately gave major gifts that made this project possible. Now, we have a facility matching the high quality of our science and health faculty, students and programs.
During construction, Dr. Reed Perkins of the Environmental Science Department shared how the Rogers Building would enhance learning at Queens: