How well do you know HPU’s Innovation Corridor? This stretch of campus connects the university’s STEM facilities, departments and scientists. It begins at Couch Hall, home to the Webb School of Engineering, and concludes at Congdon Hall, which houses the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy and Congdon School of Health Sciences. Along the way, research and invention abounds as faculty and students uncover a world of possibility. Below, check out the top 7 fast facts about HPU’s Innovation Corridor.
Since 2005, HPU has invested $250 million in STEM programs, faculty and facilities. The result is a half-mile stretch of campus that HPU’s scientists call home. The Innovation Corridor is the one of the university’s single largest investments and reflects the HPU’s commitment to preparing students for the world as it’s going to be.
The $65 million, 128,000-square-foot Wanek School of Natural Sciences, HPU’s newest academic school, opened to students in the Fall of 2019. The state-of-the-art facility includes four stories of collaborative and innovative lab and classroom space and anchors the Innovation Corridor. Inside the school’s lobby, you’ll notice orange, green and blue colors climbing the walls. Those colors represent the earth’s core, the earth’s surface and the atmosphere.
HPU’s Innovation Corridor is home to the Webb School of Engineering, Wanek School of Natural Sciences, Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy, and Congdon School of Health Sciences. These schools house majors in biology, computer science, physics and so much more. Students in these majors are led by esteemed faculty conducting groundbreaking research. Within the last year, numerous faculty members have received prestigious NIH and NSF grants in chemistry, astrophysics and physical therapy.
History’s greatest STEM leaders are featured along the Kester International Promenade, which spans half of the Innovation Corridor. They include: Sir Isaac Newton, one of history’s most influential scientists; Marie Skłodowska Curie, physicist, chemist and first woman to win the Nobel Prize; and Sally Ride, astronaut, physicist and first American woman in space.
The Wanek School of Natural Sciences is home to the Culp Planetarium, one of the nation’s brightest planetariums. The three-story, 6,000-square-foot planetarium and lecture room space includes 125 seats and a 50-foot dome with a 4K projection screen and a state-of-the-art surround sound system. The facility is equipped with programming to teach astronomy, earth science, anatomy and a variety of STEM lessons for university students and community groups.
What do the NFL, PGA, Nascar and UFC have in common? Professional athletes from each league have utilized HPU’s Human Biomechanics and Physiology Lab for athletic training. The space consists of 16,000 square feet of awe-inspiring research, teaching and clinical space. It includes 24 motion-capture cameras, three force plates, an instrumented treadmill, a golf simulator, turf field, a wooden court surface and an environmental chamber that allows researchers to reproduce extreme conditions. It is housed in the $120 million Congdon Hall, home of the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy and Congdon School of Health Sciences. The building features 224,000-square-feet of research, lab, learning and interactive space.
The Caine Conservatory, HPU’s newest facility and the final piece to the Innovation Corridor, was completed in Spring 2020. This unique campus addition will serve as a multipurpose space where students conduct botanical research or gather for a meal at HPU’s newest eatery, The Butterfly Café.