$8.5 Million William H. Bell Science Hall Opens at JBU
Siloam Springs, Ark (January 8, 2003) — On Monday, Jan. 13, the $8.5 million William H. Bell Science Hall will open its doors to hundreds of JBU students for the first day of classes in the new building. The 38,000 square foot building houses John Brown University’s natural science division, which includes the departments of biology, chemistry, general science and physics.
The William H. Bell Science Hall provides new classrooms, faculty offices and biology, chemistry, physics, microbiology and biochemistry labs.
“Bell Science Hall significantly enhances all of JBU’s science programs,” said Dr. David Shoop, chair of the natural science division at JBU. “The facility’s first-rate, high-tech classrooms, increased laboratory space, and research labs will strengthen the quality of education we provide our students. I am excited about the impact that this new facility will have on the future of science education and research at John Brown University. “ Funding for the facility was generated by JBU’s Campaign 2000, which was completed in 1999 and raised $39.7 million for the university. In addition to contributions from alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university, the J. A. and Leta Chapman Trust of Tulsa contributed approximately $7.5 million toward the construction of the new science hall. JBU has been a beneficiary of the Chapman Trusts since 1949. The science hall is named in honor of the late William H. Bell, who served on the JBU board of trustees with distinction for 17 years, chairing the Business Affairs Committee and providing valuable financial counsel to the university. Mr. Bell also served as the Chapman Trust’s liaison to JBU. His daughter, Sharon Bell, currently serves on the JBU board of trustees. The university broke ground for the science hall in August 2000, and construction was completed in Dec. 2002. The general contractor was Nabholz Construction, Inc. of Little Rock, and the architect was MAHG Architecture, Inc. The 38,000 square foot William H. Bell Science Hall replaces the 16,000 square foot science building on the JBU campus. The former science building will be renovated to house classrooms, faculty offices and labs for JBU’s art, graphic design and digital media departments. John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,700 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.