Luther to rededicate Valders Hall of Science Oct. 14

Oct. 2, 2009

Luther College will celebrate the completion of renovations in Valders Hall of Science with a rededication service during the college’s annual Founders Day chapel on Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 10:30-10:50 a.m.

The rededication service will serve as October’s chapel-on-the-move and take place in Valders Concourse.

Renovation committee and building contractors, students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend the chapel service and celebrate the re-dedication of Valders. A reception will follow the service.

At a total cost of about $10.4 million, the project included approximately 103,000 square feet of renovations including three lecture halls, physics labs, nursing skills lab, biology lab and neuroscience lab. New heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems with air-to-air heat exchange were installed throughout the building.

New classroom technologies were installed, including 26 new wide screen LCD projectors with screens, 23 new overhead cart systems, and new voice and data services, both wired and wireless. Audio visual and computer lab equipment were either upgraded or replaced.

Built in 1960, Valders has been home to the departments of chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, psychology, nursing and computer science. The building has also provided theatre performing space and studios for the Luther radio station KWLC.

The renovated Valders building now houses the nursing, psychology, physics and environmental science departments. In addition to classrooms and laboratories, Valders contains several science-teaching facilities including Salsbury Animal Facility, a Spitz planetarium and an astronomical observing facility.

Biology and chemistry departments are now located in the new Sampson Hoffland Laboratories, which opened for classes in August 2008.

Adjacent to Valders Hall of Science and built to environmentally sound LEED standards, Sampson Hoffland Laboratories is a 64,000-square-foot facility that supports a research-intensive curriculum and includes 17 teaching labs, faculty-student research areas, lab and research support/storage areas, 21 faculty offices, more than 4,800 square feet of study area, and space for collaborative student-faculty research projects.