The Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building co-locates the biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and nursing departments at Berea College. In support of recently-realigned academic divisions, the building is designed to prepare students for careers at the intersection of science and health.
Ballinger conducted a comprehensive programming and planning study that identified a prominent site, and designed a building consistent with Berea’s rich heritage. The school was founded to provide educational opportunities for students of all races, primarily from Appalachia, with great promise but limited economic resources. Each student receives the equivalent of a full-tuition scholarship and participates in a nationally-recognized labor program.
The 125,000 SF state-of-the-art facility anchors a new East Quad and extends several of Berea’s core academic programs to underutilized areas of campus. Ballinger designed a highly-visible new building that serves as a landmark presence upon arrival to campus from the north. The architecture blends a contextual Georgian exterior character with a daylight-infused, transparent, contemporary interior environment of flexible pedagogy. A cupola, a signature of Berea’s campus, sits atop the four-story building, evoking the rich history of the College. Interior materials include modern colors and textures, such as terrazzo floors and glass walls.