On September 6, Hampden-Sydney College received a gift of $30 million from Mr. Stanley F. Pauley via The Pauley Family Foundation. This transformational gift, the largest in the College’s history, will support the construction of a new, state-of-the-art science facility, which will be named the Pauley Science Center. It will be among the most ambitious construction projects in the College’s history. The vision for the facility includes state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, equipment, and interactive spaces to support first-class science teaching, research, and scholarly activity.

I am inspired by the College’s unwavering 244-year commitment to scientific literacy and preparing its graduates for career success, advancing scientific progress, and contributing to our society’s well-being. I am thrilled to invest in an institution that is making a real difference, a college that represents the best of American higher education.

Mr. Stanley F. Pauley

Mr. Pauley is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carpenter Co., a large producer of polyurethane materials. Carpenter Co. was founded by E. Rhodes Carpenter, a member of the Hampden-Sydney College class of 1929. Through The Pauley Family Foundation, Mr. Pauley has been a generous benefactor of many important educational and arts institutions, and he is a former member of the Hampden-Sydney board of trustees.

  • Artistic rendering of the Pauley Science Center at Hampden-Sydney College

    Artistic rendering of the Pauley Science Center, looking east from College Road

  • Artistic rendering of the Pauley Science Center at Hampden-Sydney College

    As seen from College Road, the building’s exterior matches Hampden-Sydney’s architectural style.

  • Artistic rendering of the Pauley Science Center at Hampden-Sydney College

    The southwest entrance restores the original sightline between Venable and Cushing Hall, with the bell tower in between.

Timeline

Tentative plans have construction on the Pauley Science Center beginning in the spring of 2020, with project completion anticipated in the summer of 2021. Hanbury Architects has been working with the College on the design.

Cost

The full cost is estimated at approximately $40 million. Efforts are already underway to raise the additional $10 million needed for this project.

Facility and Design

The Pauley Science Center’s exterior design will fit naturally into both the campus landscape and the Federal-style architecture that are among Hampden-Sydney’s most distinguishing features. The approximately 73,000-square-foot facility will include state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, equipment, and interactive spaces to support first-class science teaching, research, and scholarly activity.

Location

The Pauley Science Center will be built on the northwest corner of College Road and Via Sacra, showcasing Hampden-Sydney’s commitment to science education in the heart of its historic campus.

Campus Impact

The project’s scope necessitates the removal of the aging Bagby Hall, the College’s first science facility, which would have required substantial restoration to remain operational beyond the immediate future. This will re-open the original sightline between Venable Hall and Cushing Hall, a key element of the College’s historic footprint. Every effort will be made to reclaim and re-use materials from Bagby in this project and others on campus, and students and faculty will have the opportunity to assist in cataloging and preserving any elements of historical and archival significance from the building. Hampden-Sydney’s current science facility, Gilmer Hall, will be renovated to support other academic programs and priorities.

overhead site map of Hampden-Sydney College's histrocal axis

At left, an overhead site map shows the restored historical axis. The project will re-open the original sightline between Venable Hall and Cushing Hall, a key element of the College’s historic footprint.