The Olin Building was dedicated on Homecoming weekend in 1995. The building was made to give a home to the various Mathematics, Economics, Business, and Computer Science classes which had previously been spread across the campus. Meant to externally reflect the college's Scandinavian heritage, the Olin Building is situated just north of Valders Hall of Science and south of Preus Library, while facing the center of Campus across from the Center for Faith and Life.
The Olin Building is a state of the art academic facility which boasts 33 faculty offices, ten high-technology classrooms, two computer classrooms, four networked computer laboratories, a 137-seat auditorium/lecture hall, a large seminar room, a student study center, and conference/interview rooms. One aspect that sets the Olin Building apart is the Round Table Room, located on the third floor. Featuring 28 network computers, the format is designed to facilitate brainstorming, debate, consensus, and planning.
The Olin Building was made possible by a gift from the Franklin W. Olin Foundation.
Today the Olin Building has improved its computer facilities to reflect up and coming technologies in an effort to give students an edge in an increasingly technological world. While the building remains primarily for the Mathematics, Economics, Business, and Computer Science departments, individual classrooms are used by multiple majors to foster the interdisciplinary learning that Luther College strives for.