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The newly named Franzen Science Center will be a complete renovation of the existing Farr Hall of Science and will include instrumentation upgrades, more than 19,000 square feet of new construction and 68,500 square feet of renovation and expansion. Included will be new laboratory, classroom and collaboration spaces. The space will expand the existing structure, originally built in 1961, and is designed to meet the STEM learning needs of science students today and create the flexibility to adapt to needs of the future.

Rendering of the Franzen Science Center at Ripon College, exterior view of the building

Architectural Renderings of Franzen Science Center

Project Photos of Franzen Science Center Site

Check back for more photos to watch the project progress firsthand!

Building Highlights:

  • 68,500 square feet of renovation and expansion
  • More than 19,000 square feet of new construction
  • Instrumentation upgrades, lab flooring, benches and mechanical improvements, LED lighting, white boards and the enhancement of active learning classrooms
  • Energy-efficient windows, lighting and HVAC systems
  • Offsets of our energy use with solar energy
Official Groundbreaking Ceremony for Franzen Science Center
Associate Professor of Chemistry Patrick Willoughby works with student in the chemistry lab

“Science students at Ripon College have been high achievers in the classroom and laboratory while also making important contributions to the community. The new science center will ensure these dedicated students have the facilities they need to be successful in their journey.”

– Patrick Willoughby, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Learn More

Learn more about the exciting innovations happening at Ripon College by reading the full press release here.

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If you are interested in joining the leadership fundraising phase of the campaign or naming opportunities, please contact Shawn Karsten ’09, vice president for Advancement, Marketing and Communications and chief of staff at [email protected] or 920-748-8126.