North Central College - Naperville, IL

Campus, local, state, national guests celebrated the Science Center "topping out"

North Central College’s Science Center reached a construction milestone with the placement of a ceremonial final beam in Topping-Out Celebration March 14.

North Central College’s Science Center reached new heights during its construction when the campus community celebrated the hoisting and placement of a ceremonial final steel beam during a Topping-Out Celebration March 14.

Traditional among ironworkers, the ceremony is sometimes called Capping Off, or Topping Off, or Topping Out. Regardless, said President Troy D. Hammond during his remarks, “It’s a significant construction milestone that we’ve reached only because of the dedication and hard work of many, many people.”

North Central to hold Topping-Out Celebration for Science Center March 14

Topping-Out Celebration signals milestone in construction of North Central’s new Science Center with placement of a ceremonial final beam on the steel frame.

North Central College has reached an important marker in the construction of its new Science Center: The steel structure is near completion. To commemorate this important milestone, the College has planned a Topping-Out Celebration on March 14. “Topping out” is a term used by ironworkers to signal the final piece of steel is being hoisted into place on a large building under construction.

The Changing Face of Science Education

Jeffrey Bjorklund, professor of chemistry, has been helping oversee the design of the new science center, ensuring the building will meet the needs of students and faculty for generations to come. Here he discusses the changing nature of science education and its influence on the teaching and researching spaces in the facility.

Q. We know science is taught differently now than it was a few decades ago. How has that affected the day-to-day experience of students and faculty?

New facility enables the sciences to collaborate, teach & research

Schematic designs are nearly complete for a premier science facility that will combine all the departments of the Science Division and transform the entire campus. The floor plans reflect the thoughtful input—and long-held dreams—of faculty who envision how they will teach in the future and address the need for graduates with STEM educations. 

North Central College announces site selection for new science center

The North Central College Board of Trustees has selected a location for a new science center.

During its annual fall meeting the North Central College Board of Trustees selected a location for a new science center that will create exciting new educational opportunities for students and transform the campus.

After careful consideration the Board has determined that the new science center will be located south of Van Buren Avenue between Loomis and Brainard streets, within the boundaries of the College and University District designated by the City of Naperville.

North Central College maps potential sites for new Science Center

This summer, the Naperville City Council approved a 10-year update to the College’s Master Land Use Plan.

Topping the list of potential projects that city staff, council members and the public reviewed is a new $40 million to $50 million science center that would replace Kroehler Science Center. The structure would be designed to foster a more interdisciplinary approach to teaching sciences, and the teaching facilities would be built to integrate classroom lectures and lab activities in the same space.

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