Nebraska Wesleyan University: Duane W. Acklie Science Building
The Duane W. Acklie Hall of Science is the university’s first new academic building in 36 years. The three-story facility of approximately 80,000 square feet includes classrooms, laboratories, student study spaces, faculty offices and a greenhouse. The $29 million project was paid entirely through gifts from generous alumni, friends, corporations and foundations. While the building houses three academic departments (biology, chemistry and psychology), several classes from a variety of disciplines utilize the Acklie Hall classrooms. The cozy study spaces and common areas are also available to the entire campus including a coffee shop on the second floor located adjacent to an outdoor balcony that looks out to Old Main. A unique feature in the building is a large wood installation that runs the length of the entire three floors. The wood comes from the trees that were removed to build the Duane W. Acklie Hall of Science.