The Halbert-Walling Research Center will help move ACU’s science facilities into the 21st century, providing an innovative, collaborative and sustainable place for students to research and study God’s creation.
The new Halbert-Walling Research Center will provide laboratory space that meets modern requirements for cutting-edge research, as well as space for students and faculty to collaborate and interact inside and outside the classroom.
The reputation of ACU’s science programs has led to overwhelming demand, and the Halbert-Walling Research Center will allow the programs to grow while continuing to attract top students and faculty from across the globe.
The 54,000-square-foot center will replace Chambers Hall and a small structure currently used by the university’s contracted custodial services. Together the remodeled Bennett Gymnasium, Halbert-Walling Research Center and Robert R. Onstead Center for Science and Humanities will provide state-of-the-art homes for several academic departments in the College of Arts and Sciences.
With an estimated combined cost of $45 million, the facilities are projected to break ground in Fall 2014, pending completion of fundraising.
“I knew ACU had a great reputation for getting its students into medical school. The professors start molding and preparing you your freshman year. The students coming from ACU are exactly the type of students every medical school wants.”
“The classes [at ACU] were very well taught. I didn't have to re-learn anything when I got to dental school. And the professors took a personal interest in us. They'd invite us over to their houses and check up on how we were doing with our grad school applications. They weren't just teachers - they were great mentors and leaders.”
“My work at ACU prepared me well for research in medical school. This summer, I did clinical research in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis and will be presenting my findings at the Southern Regional Meeting in New Orleans in February.”