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Gehl-Mulva Science Center and Laboratories

The design vision of the Gehl-Mulva Science Center (GMS) was to create a richly aesthetic, inspiring, informative experience celebrating the mission and heritage of the college and affirming the harmony of faith and reason that grounds its Catholic, Norbertine and liberal arts traditions. From the expansive windows of the building’s atrium, one tellingly sees Old St. Joseph Church, framed from foundation to steeple. This embrace of mind and spirit is a theme carried throughout the environmental design of the building.

The entire state-of-the-art facility is warm and inviting to students, faculty, staff and visitors, reflecting the commitment to hospitality and community that is a hallmark of the Norbertine order. Accessible and inviting public spaces abound.

For students, GMS is not only a place in which they will have sufficient resources on hand to accomplish their tasks, but also one in which they will relish spending their time. Comfortable, thoughtfully designed study and lounge spaces encourage interaction among all members of the learning community.

GMS is the college’s most significant capital building initiative to date. The $40 million project transformed the former science facility, with a complete renovation of the main building and the construction of additions at the east and west ends. The multi-level expansion increased the size of the building to 160,000 square feet.

The center houses the physics, math, psychology, geology, biology and chemistry disciplines. It has 45 teaching/research labs, 10 classrooms, one large lecture hall, 15 student study lounges and offices for 38 faculty. The laboratories feature state-of-the-art equipment; the classrooms are equipped with the latest technology. The Gehl-Mulva Science Center also serves as the primary home of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Green Bay campus.

A museum adjacent to the atrium honors the work of biologist and botanist the Rev. Anselm Keefe, O. Praem., Class of 1916. Keefe planted nearly 700 trees, some not indigenous to Wisconsin, and developed the landscape plan that has made the campus into the magnificent arboretum that it is today.

St. Norbert College is deeply grateful to the project’s lead donors – Paul and Carol Gehl, and Miriam ’69 and Jim Mulva. Paul Gehl and Miriam Mulva are members of the college’s board of trustees, and both families have been extremely generous to St. Norbert College throughout the years. We also appreciate the generosity of the many other donors who contributed in large and small ways to make this project a reality.

Partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin
Located on the St. Norbert College campus, the new Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay works in partnership with the best academic and medical institutions in the region to bring its students a first-class educational experience. GMS houses the MCW’s community medical education program, providing classrooms, administrative offices and learning laboratories. Local health organizations and hospitals partner for clinical-skills training. The three-year, accelerated learning curriculum allows future physicians to begin practicing medicine a year sooner than traditional programs.

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