Ruth W. Williams Hall of Life Sciences - Coming Fall 2018


Severance Hall, located on College Mall, was built in 1902 using salvageable bricks from Old Main to make the cores of the walls. The building was named in honor of one of the leading benefactors of the College, Louis H. Severance of Cleveland, Ohio.  At first the building was used for instruction in both chemistry and physics, but later it came to be used only for chemistry instruction. The building underwent its first complete renovation in 1960.

In 1998-99, the original 28,000 square foot Severance Hall was fully renovated and enlarged with a 14,000 square foot addition. 

In 2018, Severance Hall will become fully integrated, on three levels, with the Ruth W. Williams Hall of Life Sciences. Once complete, the Departments of Chemistry, Biology and Interdisciplinary Programs in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Neuroscience and Environmental Studies will share numerous research labs, classrooms and offices.  In addition, the integrated facilities will have a café and large atrium that will serve as an intellectual and social hub on the south academic end of campus.

Below is a list of spaces in Severance Hall.

Ground Floor

  • Analytical Teaching Laboratory
  • Physical Chemistry Teaching Laboratory
  • Three Instrumentation Rooms
  • 400 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer
  • Stockroom

First Floor

  • Seminar Room: 20 seats
  • General Chemistry Teaching Laboratory
  • Departmental Office
  • Faculty Offices

Second Floor

  • Organic Chemistry Teaching Laboratory: 14 fume hoods
  • Computer Graphics Laboratory
  • Two Independent Study Laboratories with I.S. carrels
  • Three Instrumentation Rooms
  • Student Group Study Space
  • Faculty Offices

Third Floor

  • Two Independent Study Laboratories with I.S. carrels
  • Computational Chemistry Laboratory
  • Two Instrumentation Rooms
  • Walk-in Cold Room