Hanson Hall Addition

Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois

Four stories tall and circular, the new 22,000 sf addition houses classrooms, offices, and labs in science-related fields, including environmental studies, physics, and neuroscience. The studios and labs create future-focused learning environments that provide ultimate flexibility, allowing students to work individually, in small groups, or as an entire class. 

  • 22,000 s.f. Addition
  • Studio and Lab Space
  • Integrated Technology
  • ​Program Support Space
  • Flexible Furnishings
The Challenge

How to we take existing science labs and enhance them to allow students the creative ability to experiment?

The Solution

Created an addition with flexible lab spaces; providing students and instructors with “maker space” environments that support out-of-the-box ideas and hypotheses.  

Elizabeth Rath
Biology Student

"Seeing that we have updated labs is amazing because it will give us so many opportunities to expand our education and be the top of the class against other schools."

Built for dynamic use and flexibility

Lecture halls have whiteboard-painted walls and personal dry-erase boards on each desk.

Power outlets fall from the ceiling for easy access in some classrooms.

Tables and desks have wheels so they can be moved and rearranged.

Classroom tabletops in the fourth-floor geospatial lab have pop-up monitors where students can screen videos or display work.