Wooster selects EYP as architects for new science facility

Culmination of year-long national search

20 November, 2014 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio – The College of Wooster has selected EYP as the architects for its new integrated science facility, capping a year-long, national search that involved many of the nation's premier architectural firms.

"EYP has an outstanding record of creating modern science centers at some of America's most distinguished liberal arts colleges, including Hamilton, Swarthmore, Mount Holyoke, and Holy Cross," said Wooster President Grant Cornwell. "They also were recognized this year by Architect magazine as the top sustainable design firm in America."

Carolyn Newton, the college's provost and a member of the selection committee, said, "We especially appreciated EYP's excitement about Wooster and how carefully they have studied us. They have a developed a deep understanding of our distinctive curriculum, in which we employ research as pedagogy, and we have no doubt that they will design a building unique to Wooster, one that both supports and highlights that distinctive program."

The selection process began in November 2013 with a request for information that drew responses from more than 15 firms. The selection committee carefully reviewed their responses, ranked the firms, and chose six to receive a formal request for proposal. In April, those six firms came to campus to make their presentations. In June, the field was narrowed to three finalists, each of whom had deep experience in the design and construction of undergraduate science facilities, and last month those three returned to campus to make their final presentations to the committee and the college's board of trustees.

The design process, which will begin next month, is expected to take 16 to 18 months.

EYP is a global provider of comprehensive building design, research, and related consulting services to a broad range of markets including education, government, corporate and healthcare. Founded in 1972, the firm has grown to more than 360 professionals in eight U.S. cities."

The College of Wooster is America's premier college for mentored undergraduate research. Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education, culminating in a rigorous senior project, in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student's own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.