The Oberlin Science Center, completed in 2002, effectively replaced the former Kettering Hall. The Science Center houses three main lecture halls, five classrooms and many faculty and instructional labs.
In 1961, fueled by the space race, a new science building, Kettering Hall, was constructed; it provided undergraduate scientists with one of the most advanced facilities around. Over forty years later however, Kettering proved to be increasingly insufficient — the advent of emerging fields such as Neuroscience and the increasing use of technology within classrooms were not things Kettering was equipped for.
In 1996, these factors effected the College's eventual plans for the construction of a new science facility, now known as the Oberlin Science Center. Its construction would be completed six years later.
The Oberlin Science Center provides a wide range of facilities, from lecture halls, classrooms, labs, small lounges, a library and a large atrium. The lecture halls and classrooms are designed to be interactive, with more "hands-on, research-oriented activities" ("Building Philosophy").
The Science Center is also home to a 600-megahertz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, a device one of which Oberlin is the only undergraduate college in the country to own.
Within the center exists a newly implemented Coffee Kiosk(commonly known as the Science Cart), open during breakfast and lunch. The Coffee Kiosk is awesome, but is closed between 11 and 11:30, and then closes for the day at 1:30, so be timely!
It is a beautiful example of crappy ugly and inexpensive cooperate architecture. ‒this unsigned comment was posted by 188.8.131.52 (7 December 2006)
It is a wonderful lively space perfect for studying or hanging out. The plants & walls and doors of glass are wonderful. It's my favorite building. 184.108.40.206 21:57, 20 September 2010 (UTC)