Ruth W. Williams Hall of Life Science

, The College of Wooster

Wooster, OH


EYP provided programming, design, and construction administration services for the new three-story, 71,000 GSF integrated sciences building at The College of Wooster. The project consisted of the demolition of the existing Mateer Hall and the construction of a new building, renovating portions of Severance Hall and connecting the structures to create an integrated life science facility. The Ruth W. Williams Hall of Life Science fosters an integrative program for students that transcends disciplines and creates innovative learning spaces that support students’ science mastery and proficiency, foster collaborations at multiple levels, and connects science programs to other disciplines on campus and the community.

In addition, the facility supports the College’s approach to teaching and research as a pedagogy, its liberal arts mission, and long-term flexibility with reconfigurable laboratory and classroom spaces. It aggressively reduced energy consumption and promotes cross-disciplinary collaboration. The new science building provides teaching and research spaces for the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, and Environmental Studies.

Energy Usage

194 kBtu/ft2⸱yr

Energy Use Intensity

28 %

Below the AIA 2030 Baseline

Building Facts

  • 71,000 GSF new construction
  • 4,288 GSF renovation
  • Research space
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Environmental Studies

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