Newman University Bishop Gerber Science Center

Wichita, Kansas

Due to significant enrollment increases in Newman University’s science, allied health, and nursing programs, a new facility was added to offer state-of-the-art classrooms, clinical learning and gross anatomy spaces, and chemistry, biology, and physics laboratories. This building is connected to the existing Eck Hall which now houses Newman’s nursing and allied health programs.


  • Modular, gas-fired, high-efficiency condensing boiler: heats the building. The building is cooled by 45° F chilled water chilled by modular, electric, water cooled heat recovery chillers.
  • General air handling units will be draw-thru type: with 30% efficient pre-filters and 85% efficient filters, outdoor air economizer, air blender, and heating and cooling coils.
  • Building electrical systems: will be provided with an emergency diesel or natural gas engine generator backup system.
  • Laboratories: will be provided with chemical resistant waste and vent system separate from the general use sanitary system. Lab gases consist of compressed air, vacuum, and natural gas. The lab gas system includes a complete piping system, central equipment, and user outlets.
  • Clean water source for the laboratories: will be provided by packaged automatic water softeners, reverse osmosis, and deionizers with pre-and final-filters.
  • Wet sprinkler system: is provided throughout the facility. A glycol-filled sprinkler system will be provided in areas subject to freezing.
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