University of Saint Francis Achatz Hall of Science and John and Toni Murray Research Center

Experiential Graphics- Large scale (environments or systems)

Project Narrative

The vision for the Achatz Hall of Science and John and Toni Murray Research Center at the University of St. Francis (USF) in Fort Wayne, IN, was to be a modern, sustainable, collaborative, and innovative science learning center. Our project included the renovation of the existing Achatz Science Hall and an addition to create new classrooms for teaching and research laboratories to support the Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Environmental Science, Anatomy and Physiology, Math, and Computer Science majors. Using experiential graphic design (EGD), we brought the vision for this project to fruition—cultivating an experience that embodies the Franciscan values at the foundation of the university.

Several features blend traditional scientific principles with modern-day tools to evoke a sense of wonder and discovery. At the main entrance, a large seal promotes the university’s strong identity and beckons students inside. Additionally, USF’s five values are inlayed in the amphitheater stair, and a backlit feature celebrates Franciscan Sister educators, past and present, for their contributions to science. In collaboration with the art department, we designed and installed three murals that artfully reflect the majors housed within the building. Other highlights feature wayfinding graphics and department identifiers portraying inspirational profiles of renowned scientists with graphic line art to connect students to the wonders of the sciences.


Project Details

Submission Category

Experiential Graphics- Large scale (environments or systems)

Date of Completion

September, 2019