New Interdisciplinary Greenhouse
Scheduled Completion: Fall 2012
View conceptual images of all projects.
View photos of the progress on the greenhouse.
The beauty of this design is that you will see students and faculty representing all science disciplines—from biology and chemistry to earth and environmental sciences—under one roof, utilizing the resources of a
modern, sophisticated research center. The greenhouse will be an incubator for
interdisciplinary study in the sciences.
associate professor of biology
Funded by a $1 million gift from alumni John ’59 and Inge
Paul Stafford ’58, the Dr. Inge P. Stafford Greenhouse for Teaching and Research is expected to have a
transformative effect on sustainability education, interdisciplinary
learning and the college’s science curriculum. The new state-of-the-art facility will include:
- three independent research zones
general-use greenhouse area
- solar panels, which will help to offset the electrical
- an adjacent classroom-lab that will allow students
to move conveniently from the greenhouse into the classroom
- and a preparation potting area and
climate-controlled laboratory, which are critical to experiments and
research on marine ecosystems, seasonally dependent plants and air
The greenhouse will enhance
research and teaching in areas such as physics, which incorporates
solar-energy projects; earth sciences, which revolve around climatology,
paleontology and mineralogy; and biology—one of the largest majors at
Dickinson—by expanding student-faculty research so that undergraduates
regularly assist in labs and collaborate on publications and conference
The project includes significant landscaping work on the south side of Kaufman Hall, which will transform the area from a drab parking lot into a distinctive new campus green space. In addition to its aesthetic value, this space will provide collaborative opportunities for the departments and programs within Kaufman Hall, including ALLARM, earth sciences and the Center for Sustainability Education.
The greenhouse will frame the science
campus from the north and spotlight
the location of the Center for Sustainability Education, a
significant interdisciplinary undertaking that is bringing national
attention to Dickinson for its leadership role in sustainability
education and stewardship.