University of Puget Sound Announces Dedication of Harned Hall

July 11, 2006

Tacoma, Wash. – The University of Puget Sound will celebrate the completion of Harned Hall, a $25 million science laboratory building that expresses the principles of science in its design and architecture, with a series of special events in September. Named for alumnus H.C. “Joe” Harned, a successful local real estate developer, Harned Hall will anchor the new $63 million science center complex at University of Puget Sound.

Dedication week events include:
Edward O. Wilson: “Future of Life/The Creation”Tuesday, September 26, 7:30 p.m., Schneebeck Concert Hall.

Hailed as one of “America’s Most Influential People” by Time Magazine, the Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist and professor emeritus of Harvard University will kick off the dedication of Harned Hall with a lecture and book signing. Wilson is the author of “The Future of Life” (2002), about saving Earth’s biological heritage, and “From So Simple a Beginning: The Four Great Books of Charles Darwin” (2005), exploring Darwin’s theories of evolution, science, ethics, and religion. A reception and book signing of his newest book, “The Creation: A Meeting of Science and Religion” (2006), will follow in Wyatt Hall’s Pierce Atrium. The lecture is sponsored by the Swope Endowed Lectureship on Ethics, Religion, Faith and Values, and is free and open to the public.

Harned Hall Dedication Ceremony and Tours Friday, September 29, 2 p.m., Brown Family Courtyard

The building’s dedication will take place in the 10,000-square-foot, multilevel courtyard and include a formal presentation by President Ronald R. Thomas and Joe Harned; the debut of an original musical composition for the occasion by Professor Rob Hutchinson; tours of the 51,000-square-foot building and scientific displays; presentations of student research; and the opportunity to view science laboratory classes in session. The event is free and open to the public.

Requests for interviews with Edward O. Wilson, Joe Harned, President Ronald Thomas, or science faculty, should be directed to Media Relations at 253.879.2611 or

About Harned Hall
Designed to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver standards, using sustainable materials and adhering to stringent environmental guidelines, Harned Hall facilitates the contemporary study of science and encourages even greater interaction among faculty and students, particularly at the intersection of various scientific disciplines. The building includes laboratory spaces for the study of biology, chemistry, environmental science, geology, and physics, and accommodates an increase in science majors researching projects both in the laboratory setting and in fieldwork throughout Puget Sound. A key feature of the building is Science on Display, where creative demonstrations and artistic representations of the principles of science, mathematics, and technology are employed throughout the building.
Adjoining Thompson Hall, the university’s original science building, Harned Hall creates a 10,000- square-foot courtyard that encompasses a teaching garden with plant species native to the Pacific Northwest and a crystalline glass gazebo offering café service and Fair Trade coffee to the campus community and the general public.
Completion of Harned Hall represents the first phase of the design of a comprehensive science center. The next phase includes major renovations to 110,000-square-foot Thompson Hall, which houses classrooms, lecture halls, meeting spaces, and the Slater Museum of Natural History. Thompson Hall renovations are scheduled to be completed in 2008.
About University of Puget Sound
University of Puget Sound is a 2,600-student independent national undergraduate liberal arts college in Tacoma, Wash., drawing students from 47 states and 13 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 major fields. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Nestled in the middle of a residential community, the 99-acre campus enjoys breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier and its namesake Puget Sound.