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  • The Heart of Campus

    The Wall Center provides flexible spaces and common areas that encourage the exchange and generation of ideas across conventional academic boundaries–between departments, disciplines, and the arts and sciences.

    Students working in Wall
  • Gold for Green

    The facility earned LEED Gold status in 2017–a mark of quality and achievement in sustainability building. Green features include a living wall in the atrium space, maximum access to natural light and energy efficient building systems.

    Interior of Wall
  • Philanthropy in Action

    The center was made possible by a $45 million grant from The Duke Endowment and generous gifts from alumni, parents and friends. It is named for E. Craig Wall Jr. '59, former Board of Trustees chair and decorated alumnus.

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    New Academic Building
  • A Perfect Fit

    Careful consideration was given to the design and scale of the Wall Center to fit what is now the largest academic building on campus comfortably within the campus fabric.

    The Wall Center on campus

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Davidson, NC 28035

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Academic Neighborhood

In the fall of 2017, Davidson dedicated the E. Craig Wall Jr. Academic Center, which includes the Martin Wing (formerly the Martin Science Center). The building was made possible by a $45 million grant from The Duke Endowment, and it represents the first phase of the college's plan for an Academic Neighborhood–a design focused on transdisciplinary collaboration on campus. Davidson secured an additional $29 million for the center thanks to generous support from alumni, parents, friends and foundations.

The Wall Center's 149,000 square feet house 61 faculty offices, 36 research labs, 20 teaching labs, 5 learning environments, 1 large group forum, and 1 experimental learning space intended to exemplify a 21st century liberal arts education.

A LEED Gold certified facility, the Wall Center houses faculty and laboratories for biology, chemistry, psychology, environmental science and the sustainability program. This space maximizes student and faculty collaboration, integrates student research into teaching labs and facilitates original student research via teaching labs that rival research-based graduate institutions.

The Wall Center enables increased communication and collaboration between academic departments, which is key to the transdisciplinary work Davidson students demand. Additionally, all members of the campus community can utilize the various meeting, study and common spaces throughout the Wall Center–these intentionally designed spaces offer new venues for new interactions and collaborations to happen organically in ways that were not previously possible.

Craig Wall
Alumnus Craig Wall

About Craig Wall

Craig Wall graduated from Davidson in 1959 and was an active member of the student body and competitive scholar athlete, playing on both the football and baseball teams. He was elected to Davidson's Board of Trustees as an alumni representative in 1976 and served that body continuously for more than 21 years. He was elected as the board's vice chair in 1985 and became chair in 1989, serving in that role until his untimely death in 1997. Wall also served the college on reunion committees, the Alumni Association Board, and as a member of the Board of Visitors, as well as by supporting the annual fund program. Wall was inducted posthumously into the Davidson College Hall of Fame in 2001.

"Well-known as thoughtful and creative, Craig's unwavering commitment to and powerful vision for Davidson is recognized and realized in this new academic center," said President Carol Quillen. "We are grateful to the Wall family for allowing us to honor Craig in this way, and we also wish to thank all of the donors and supporters who made the development of this space a reality, in particular, The Duke Endowment and Hugh McColl, John Kuykendall '59, and the late Alex Porter '60. This is a great day for Davidson College."

Read more about Craig Wall in the official news story about the new facility.