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Enhancing Our Historic Campus

Union’s picturesque historic campus, the first in the nation to be designed according to a comprehensive master plan, has always been one of our most cherished and unique assets. Enhancing and preserving the campus through new construction, renovation, maintenance and investments is a significant priority for President Ainlay and Union’s leadership.

The most significant recent enhancement to the campus, the Integrated Science and Engineering Complex, broke ground in spring 2017 and is already generating attention for Union. This state-of-the-art facility is a research and teaching center, a space for multidisciplinary collaboration and undergraduate research. The complex stands as a visible commitment to Union’s emphasis on integrating the sciences and engineering with the traditional liberal arts. 

Some of the “cornerstone” disciplines of the liberal arts – political science, economics, sociology and history – also found a new home in Lippman Hall, formerly the Social Sciences building. Opened in fall 2011, the building serves more than 40 faculty members who teach and advise hundreds of students in any given week. In 2015, the Humanities building became Karp Hall, a dynamic space that includes electronic multi-media classrooms, a seminar room, a media lab and a performance classroom that will facilitate staging components such as dramatic readings as part of the classroom experience.  

Union’s growing neuroscience program has a new home as well, courtesy of a grant from the National Science Foundation that helped create the Center for Neuroscience on the third floor of Butterfield Hall.  The center includes research labs, training areas and faculty space. The new Henle Dance Pavilion, a 7,000-square-foot facility for classes, rehearsals, workshops, performances and other events and the recently renovated Feigenbaum Center for the Visual Arts building completed a vibrant arts corridor designed to inspire collaboration and interdisciplinary energy.

Renovations in the shared equipment center in the basement of the F.W. Olin Center benefit many of our science and engineering programs by making more than $1 million of new equipment and instrumentation available for faculty and student research, including sophisticated spectrometers, an atomic force microscope, a scanning electron microscope and a mass spectrometry instrument.

Going forward, Union and President Ainlay are committed to continuing to enhance the campus through its strategic deferred maintenance initiative (responsible for a number of recent facilities projects, including improvements to student residential facilities), through capital projects such as those undertaken through the successful You are Union capital campaign, and through leveraging and promoting the campus's existing assets (like WRUC, the first college station in the nation).