This ultra-modern $25 million, 130,000-sq. ft. science center, situated between Evans Hall and Hermann Hall in the heart of the main campus, opened for classes in January 2001. The departments of biology, chemistry, mathematics and computer science, and physics, astronomy, and geology are located within. The facility has a number of state-of-the-art general and specialized laboratories for aquatics, tissue culture, microscopy/image analysis, and for specialized instrumentation. It is equipped with two controlled-temperature environmental chambers, three greenhouses, a robotics lab, and a darkroom.
Thirty faculty/student team research laboratories provide the facilities needed for sophisticated research and contribute to the work-study and directed-study programs. In addition, the building contains a 200-seat, multimedia auditorium; 19 lecture classrooms, including four electronic classrooms; 18 classroom laboratories, 7 library/reading rooms, and laboratories suitable to studies by groups of students in cooperative efforts. Two outdoor amphitheaters are suitable for lectures, informal meetings, or casual gatherings. Throughout, the building was constructed with emphases on safety, technology, and efficiency.
In the atrium, suspended from the ceiling at a height of 60 feet, is a Foucault pendulum, given in memory of Henry C. Berry, Martha Berry's nephew, by his wife and daughter. The pendulum, named for Jean Bernard Foucault, its inventor, is designed to demonstrate the rotation of the earth and traces its path in sand. While it may seem that the 250-lb. brass ball is moving, it is actually the earth moving beneath the ball that creates this effect.
The building is now home to an exquisite exhibit of photographic art of Mr. Takashi Iwahashi, Japan’s foremost nature photographer. Many of the 77 large-scale panoramic prints from his collection, The Rockies: From Alaska to Mexico, are displayed inside the building. These are among the more than 100,000 photographs that Mr. Iwahashi captured on film during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Mr. Iwahashi studied mountain photography at Nippon University, and he has photographed most of the notable mountains in Japan, North America and Australia, as well as the Himalayas. Previously, “The Rockies” collection toured the United States and was at Fernbank Museum for several years before being brought to Berry in 2006. The exhibit is the first major exhibit of the Berry College Museum of Science and Natural History, which is still in its formative stages. The Museum is being made possible by a generous gift from Berry alumnus, the late Mr. Dewey Large, whose input framed the first planning phase.
Lamar Westcott Building
Built in 1955 of stone from a nearby quarry, the Westcott Building is situated behind the majestic Gothic-style Ford buildings. Since 1990, it has been the central administrative location for the Department of Animal Science and houses several instructional classrooms and laboratories, as well as faculty offices. The building originally housed the food-processing plant and school laundry. Subsequently, greenhouses and gardens were developed adjacent to the building.
The horticultural greenhouses provide many valuable services to the College. Not only do they provide plant materials used in teaching and research, they also provide ornamentals for our grounds and campus events. The Rollins Ruminant Research Center provides a state-of-the-art facility that is well suited to teaching and research. Part of the Rollins Center has been designed as apartments for student workers who will be in charge of early morning duties at the facility before classes begin. The College continues to maintain a sizable herd of registered Angus and a small commercial herd for academic study--genetics, physiology, and beef management, preveterinary medicine--as well as providing opportunities for practical experience with these types of animals. There is also a small flock of commercial sheep housed at the Center. The Gunby Center boards Berry-owned and student-owned horses. Our horses support instruction in hunt-seat and stock-seat equitation, and the equine breeding program offers students further laboratory opportunities. Several full-time employees and a number of students, who work part-time, manage the dairy and beef operations and equine center.
Berry College Land
There is no other college in the world that can equal our land resources: 27,000 acres. The land is ripe with biological diversity and provides for our students an outdoor classroom and research laboratory beyond compare. Rare species of plants and animals have been identified as well as various ecosystems, soils, and topography. The land was a major source of pride for our founder, Miss Martha Berry, and she continued to stress its importance for financial security and educational purposes until her death in the 1940s. Faculty and outside guests who wish to conduct activities on the land are encouraged to register their intent. With this unique outdoor laboratory, Berry will establish itself as a world-class institution in the area of environmental sciences.