McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Middlebury College's multidisciplinary science facility, is home to seven academic departments (Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Geography, Geology, Physics, and Psychology) and three programs (Environmental Studies, Neuroscience, and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry).
Well-designed laboratories foster excellent science teaching and student/faculty research in an attractive, yet efficient setting. McCardell Bicentennial Hall's prime classroom space is used by science and non-science departments, with around 40% of the student body having at least one class scheduled in the building each term. In the summer, McCardell Bicentennial Hall becomes a major hub for both Middlebury's Language Schools and our active student/faculty science research programs. The building also houses the Armstrong Library, and a team of technical support personnel who work closely with students and faculty on research and teaching projects.
The building's design incorporates a number of innovative features. Six Generic Laboratories can be reconfigured each term to meet the particular needs of the classes meeting in each space, thereby maximizing the efficient use of the building. Study lounges with bench seating and worktables are clustered at the end of each wing, and are used for lab breakout sessions, small group meetings, and individual study. Informal learning spaces, equipped with chalkboards, tables, and comfortable chairs, are located on the east and west sides of the Tormondsen Great Hall, and foster collaborative study, bull sessions, and conversations among students and faculty. The Tormondsen Great Hall itself, with its five story high atrium and window walls, serves as the building's "town square," visibly linking the various floors to create a more-intimate atmosphere, and encouraging collegial interactions among the various departments.