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Nexus for the Sciences: McAllister Hall Addition


Berry College has experienced a renaissance in the sciences since the 2001 opening of McAllister Hall.

With its greatly enhanced laboratory facilities, the planned 23,000-square-foot animal science addition will further this growth by enabling state-of-the-art investigations by faculty and students in the areas of genetics, microbiology and physiology, promoting scientific advances in animal production, treatment and health, all while preserving the “esprit de corps” that has always been a program strength.

Furthermore, proximity with faculty in other disciplines will facilitate “in the hall” discussions leading to collaboration in areas such as “One Health,” an emerging focus involving researchers in a variety of fields including biology, biochemistry, mathematics and animal science. Berry is the first college in the nation to develop a One Health program tailored specifically to undergraduates, and its expansive campus – with its mix of wildlife and livestock – provides an unrivaled “field station” for investigating the interconnectedness of human, animal and environmental health.

The new building’s location in the college’s academic core will also strengthen connections between animal science students and learning resources such as the Campbell School of Business and Berry’s entrepreneurial hub. This will fuel the ambition of students like Ben Umberger, an animal science minor who won the top prize in Berry’s first donor-funded pitch competition, earning $11,000 to support the cattle company he founded at age 11.

A teaching and research facility with tremendous potential

  • Two 40-seat “Technology Enabled Active Learning” classrooms and one 60-seat tiered classroom
  • Four specialized teaching labs
  • Four research labs, including a large, collaborative laboratory space for use by all animal science faculty members and their student assistants
  • Faculty offices and student workspaces
  • Common areas to promote interaction among faculty, staff and students across the sciences
  • High-efficiency HVAC system, chemical fume hoods and LED lighting
  • Sustainable design elements that will help minimize the building’s environmental footprint while also providing a healthier work and learning space for students and faculty

Project renderings are tentative.

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