The cornerstone of a campus architectural revival.



Magnolia, Arkansas




65,000 square feet


ASID Excellence in Design Bronze Award
ASHRAE Technology Award

Southern Arkansas University has an excellent Science program with dedicated professors who have a passion for their individual fields of expertise and true motivation to help students succeed. What they were lacking in was an innovated, up-to-date facility.

WER Architects designed the Southern Arkansas University Science Center in 2011. Now biology, chemistry, physics, industrial technology and biochemistry students can have hands-on training in the region’s newest science facility. Throughout the facility is state-of-the-art instrumentation and equipment for the numerous pre-professional programs housed in the new Science Center.

The ground floor is primarily classrooms, computer science suites and Physics labs. The facility also includes a 120 seat slopped floor lecture hall, staff offices and work areas for both students and professors.

The laboratories of the Department of Biology are situated on the second floor and maintain a full complement of powerful analytical equipment, including sub-zero freezers, anaerobic growth chambers, centrifuges, and water baths.

The Southern Arkansas University Science Center received an ASID Excellence in Interior Design Bronze Award and an ASHRAE Technology Award. The ASHRAE Technology Award recognizes outstanding achievements by members who have successfully applied innovative building design in the areas of occupant comfort, indoor air quality and energy conservation. The design of the Science Center incorporates ASHRAE standards for effective energy management and IAQ. Performance is proven through one year’s actual, verifiable operating data.

Southern Arkansas University Science Center

The laboratories of the Department of Biochemistry and Chemistry are equipped with a chemical fume hoods, spectrophotometers, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, as well as many other of the latest advancements in analytical instrumentation.

Southern Arkansas University Science Center

“Over the past 15 years, WER has been an integral part of the Southern Arkansas University team responsible for planning and administering over $100 million in new construction. Of particular note, the Science Center is a cornerstone of a campus revival that exceeds anything you’ll find at a similar sized institution. This structure is much more than bricks and mortar – the views and vistas are truly works of art worthy of the acclaim so frequently offered both near and far.”

Charles J. Lewis
Vice President of Facilities
Southern Arkansas University