Asbury University

Collaborative Learning Center

Asbury University wants to create an interdisciplinary learning space to inspire undergraduate collaborative learning. The Collaborative Learning Center houses the departments of biology, chemistry, ecology-environmental science and physics, as well as the School of Business and mathematics department.

The building includes labs for general biology, cell and molecular biochemistry, chemistry, organic chemistry, ecology-environmental science and physics-earth sciences. The center also houses classrooms, collaboration spaces, offices and a 400-person auditorium.

HERA analyzed current and projected enrollment data, to right-size the program. The updated program accommodates current needs as well as future enrollment projections. The labs are flexible enough to provide a home for future course offerings such as forensic science, genetics and immunology.

One critical project goal was to design a multi-disciplinary facility that fosters a collegial and collaborative environment. Care was given to incorporate “found spaces” for these interactions throughout the building.


Wilmore, Kentucky


54,000 GSF


Program verification, laboratory planning and design and equipment planning


Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects