McKIM, MEAD AND WHITE
Two factors were responsible for the importance at Bowdoin of the sciences in general and chemistry in particular: the reputation and longevity of Parker Cleaveland, and the presence of the Medical School of Maine. Cleaveland was instructor, then professor at Bowdoin from 1805 to 1858.
Stanley F. Druckenmiller Hall
The multidisciplinary science center (1997) combines 75,000 square feet of new construction, named Stanley F. Druckenmiller Hall in honor of the grandfather of the building’s chief donor, Stanley F. Druckenmiller ’75; and 30,000 square feet of renovated space in Parker Cleaveland Hall (1952), which is named for a nineteenth-century professor who was a pioneer in geological studies. The new facility is linked to the Hatch Science Library, which opened in 1991. The complex houses the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Oceanographic Science, Biochemistry and Neuroscience.
The building has won several national awards for its innovations in collaborative design and the intermixing of departments. A combination of Cleveland Hall and the new L-shaped wing, the building is shaped like a square donut. The center is the atrium, a wonderful and naturally bright study space. Through its design, interaction between the various departments, faculty and students, and research and teaching is fostered. Advanced student work labs are located next to professors' research labs allowing for student-professor collaboration. Also, there might be two adjacent labs with a division between the two, but also with an open space at one end to allow those doing research to flow easily back and forth between the labs. Although there is copious lab space in this building, classes from other disciplines are held in here as well, including English, Philosophy, and History.
Hatch houses the science and mathematics collection of Bowdoin, as well as a twenty-four hour computer lab. There is a walkway connecting Hatch Science Library to Druckenmiller Hall. Private study carrels are available to students for study space throughout the year.