The Greer Environmental Sciences Center honors President William T. “Billy” Greer’s long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability and advocacy for a thriving science program at Virginia Wesleyan College.

The nearly 40,000-square-foot building will be prominently located at the south end of the academic lawn and will complete the College’s main quadrangle. In addition to honoring President Greer’s legacy, the building will serve as the cornerstone of the College’s growing environmental sciences programs. The Greer Environmental Sciences Center’s spatial and visual connections will help create an inspiring sense of place on the VWC campus. Through its location and landscaping, the building will connect students in powerful ways to their local ecological community.

The Greer Environmental Sciences Center honors President William T. “Billy” Greer’s long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability and advocacy for a thriving science program at Virginia Wesleyan College.

The nearly 40,000-square-foot building will be prominently located at the south end of the academic lawn and will complete the College’s main quadrangle. In addition to honoring President Greer’s legacy, the building will serve as the cornerstone of the College’s growing environmental sciences programs. The Greer Environmental Sciences Center’s spatial and visual connections will help create an inspiring sense of place on the VWC campus. Through its location and landscaping, the building will connect students in powerful ways to their local ecological community.

The nearly 40,000-square-foot building will be prominently located at the south end of the academic lawn and will complete the College’s main quadrangle.

A wing on the east end of the building will house a 50-person, tiered lecture room, two 36-person active learning classrooms, two 20-person seminar rooms, and a Geographic Information System (GIS) classroom. Formal and informal group study spaces are located throughout the building. These classrooms and common spaces will be accessible to non-science majors and provide opportunities for all students to develop a closer connection to the sciences.

A new greenhouse and research gardens will be located on the south side of the new building. Native plantings will be used in the landscaping to emulate a variety of local ecosystems and create a habitat for local wildlife. These outdoor classrooms will provide innovative teaching opportunities through the use of hands-on experiences and undergraduate research opportunities.

The Greer Environmental Sciences Center will embody “science on display” with fully glazed walls on the north side of classroom laboratories, exposing science and scientific exploration. Strategically-placed sustainable features will be accessible to students who will observe and monitor the building’s use of energy, water, and material resources. The facility will feature a geothermal system for heating, cooling, and domestic hot water, an array of photovoltaic (PV) panels, and a small-scale demonstration wind turbine. An extensive green roof will be located on the roof of the classroom section on the east end. Vegetated bioretention basins and constructed wetlands will treat stormwater runoff on-site in inventive and engaging ways that may be studied by students.

A wing on the east end of the building will house a 50-person, tiered lecture room, two 36-person active learning classrooms, two 20-person seminar rooms, and a Geographic Information System (GIS) classroom. Formal and informal group study spaces are located throughout the building. These classrooms and common spaces will be accessible to non-science majors and provide opportunities for all students to develop a closer connection to the sciences.

A new greenhouse and research gardens will be located on the south side of the new building. Native plantings will be used in the landscaping to emulate a variety of local ecosystems and create a habitat for local wildlife. These outdoor classrooms will provide innovative teaching opportunities through the use of hands-on experiences and undergraduate research opportunities.

The Greer Environmental Sciences Center will embody “science on display” with fully glazed walls on the north side of classroom laboratories, exposing science and scientific exploration. Strategically-placed sustainable features will be accessible to students who will observe and monitor the building’s use of energy, water, and material resources. The facility will feature a geothermal system for heating, cooling, and domestic hot water, an array of photovoltaic (PV) panels, and a small-scale demonstration wind turbine. An extensive green roof will be located on the roof of the classroom section on the east end. Vegetated bioretention basins and constructed wetlands will treat stormwater runoff on-site in inventive and engaging ways that may be studied by students.

A wing on the east end of the building will house a 50-person, tiered lecture room, two 36-person active learning classrooms, two 20-person seminar rooms, and a Geographic Information System (GIS) classroom.
A wing on the east end of the building will house a 50-person, tiered lecture room, two 36-person active learning classrooms, two 20-person seminar rooms, and a Geographic Information System (GIS) classroom.

“The Greer Environmental Sciences Center creates a collaborative, student-centered learning environment with the flexible space needed for undergraduate research that goes beyond the typical discipline boundaries.”

– Dr. Soraya Bartol Associate Professor of Biology and Director of Undergraduate Research
A wing on the east end of the building will house a 50-person, tiered lecture room, two 36-person active learning classrooms, two 20-person seminar rooms, and a Geographic Information System (GIS) classroom.

Client: Virginia Wesleyan College

Location: Norfolk, VA

Discipline: Academics

Completion: 2017

Size: 40,000 SF