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Robinson Science Hall, dedicated in fall 2011, is a 63,000-square-foot building for biology and chemistry. The new building is part of a three-phase expansion of science facilities that also includes an addition to the Johnston Science Center, to be used for plant biology and physics, and renovation of the existing structure for math and computer science. The expansion helps serve Whitworth's 750 science majors.
Named in honor of Whitworth's immediate past president and his wife, the new Robinson Science Hall includes state-of-the-art biology and chemistry laboratories and instrumentation that enable the faculty-student research and hands-on learning for which Whitworth is known. The building also features a coffee shop, study area and plaza on the main level; faculty offices and classrooms are located on each level to facilitate faculty-student interaction.
Some of the new equipment housed in the science hall includes compound and stereo microscopes for student labs, demonstration scopes with projection capability, and two research microscopes that will be used in biology classes and research. The building also features a new nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, which is a superconducting magnet that acts as an MRI for chemicals. And a vivarium provides students the unique opportunity to study live animals, while the anatomy and physiology lab, with human cadavers, provides learning opportunities not commonly available to undergraduate students. Landscaping around the building was designed to include plants useful for teaching and to illustrate ways that environmentally appropriate landscaping for the Spokane area might be accomplished.