Spearman C. Godsey Science Center Opens
With six Goldwater scholars in the past five years, numerous recipients of other competitive national scholarships and fellowships in the sciences, and a U.S. News & World Report top 50 ranking in undergraduate research opportunities, Mercer’s profile as a research institution has never been higher.
In May 2016, the University began construction on the largest academic facility project in its history to ensure that momentum continues.
At a cost of $44 million, the four-story, 143,410-square-foot Spearman C. Godsey Science Center includes 60 teaching and research labs in addition to classrooms, lecture halls and offices to accommodate growing enrollment and research activity in chemistry, biology and neurosciences.
The first day of class in the new facility, on Jan. 8, 2018, was a landmark moment for the University, coinciding with the 185th anniversary of Mercer’s opening in Penfield, Georgia, in January 1833.
“Our undergraduate sciences faculty and administrators have invested several years in meticulously planning a 21st century science facility that will serve our students and faculty well into the future,” said Mercer President William D. Underwood.
Aside from general biology and chemistry labs, the center includes specialized teaching labs in soil and field biology, anatomy and physiology, infectious diseases, molecular and cellular biology, organic chemistry, problems in chemistry and biochemistry. Additional specialized labs housing instrumentation and a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, as well as a laser lab, computational center, growth room, cold room and tissue culture suite are included in the facility. Lab space is also devoted to science courses offered through Penfield College and Tift College of Education.
Three medium classrooms each seat 75 to 100 students, while four small classrooms seat 32 students each. The center houses 46 offices and includes outdoor seating space as well as an informal amphitheater.
The Patterson Building was demolished to make room for the signature structure that anchors a science and innovation quadrangle incorporating School of Medicine and School of Engineering facilities, Willet Science Center, and the Mercer Innovation Center. The quadrangle is named for Mercer alumnus and trustee A.V. Elliott, who provided a lead gift for the project. Willet is being renovated and will house the computer science and psychology departments, as well as environmental engineering, public health and Mercer’s new master’s degree program in athletic training.
For additional information about the new undergraduate sciences building and how to make a significant investment in our science students and faculty, please visit aspire.mercer.edu or contact Todd Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or Matt Hatchett at email@example.com in the Office of University Advancement, which can be reached by phone at (800) 837-2911.
Naming opportunities are available including faculty offices, classrooms, laboratories and student learning spaces. All donors to this project will be counted as significant investors in Aspire: The Campaign for Mercer University.