Vacated Space

With the opening of the R. Michael Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning, many areas in the academic complex became vacant as their functions moved to the new building. Ongoing vacated space projects help the College prepare for growth by using existing facilities for new purposes and in more efficient ways. By renovating, updating and re-purposing some of our existing facilities, we are working hard to fulfill the Board of Trustees’ requirement that adequate resources are put in place prior to enrollment growth. Work on these projects will be accomplished in various phases outlined below.

Phase 1 (Completed Summer 2013)

Phase one of the vacated space project began in the Olin Science Building and the basement of Beckman, with the construction of new laboratory space for biology, including a Core laboratory that will be shared by biology and chemistry. The Olin work included:

  • Creation of three new laboratories, including a Core Lab, a Social-Insect Lab and a BioSafety Level 2 Lab;
  • Relocation of the Intro to Biology Lab to a smaller space;
  • Expansion of the biology department’s footprint to include offices and two new laboratories on the ground floor in the south half of the building;
  • Consolidation of the computer science and mathematics server rooms into a single, more efficient server room available to all academic departments.

Phase 2 (Completed Summer 2014)

Photo: Clinic Space
View of the new Clinic Program space planned for the ground floor of Parsons.

The board approved phase two of the vacated space project during its February 2014 meeting, which includes renovations to the Parsons Building. Work primarily will take place during summer 2014 and will occur on all floors of Parsons. The renovations will provide a ground-floor presence for engineering and humanities, social sciences, and the arts, as well as new Clinic spaces and labs. Network closets will be consolidated to improve network efficiency.

Future Phases

Future renovation phases will include the re-purposing of the Galileo lecture halls and renovations to the Jacobs-Keck complex, both of which will be coordinated with planning for a new academic building, the Olin Annex. Three meetings with members of the community have been scheduled during fall 2014 to discuss the future role of the Galileo lecture halls as well as the shop space. The stakeholders for these projects have been and will be involved in the planning efforts, along with the Department Chairs Committee. Additional details will be posted as they are developed for these projects.

Campaign Support

Funding for space renovation is a key fundraising priority as part of The Campaign for Harvey Mudd College.

Questions and Comments

Direct questions and comments to:

  • Director of Capital Projects James Hawley,
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty Jeffrey Groves,