The heart of a new unified science center, Kendade is a four-story, 40,000-square-foot building that connects the existing Carr and Clapp laboratories and Shattuck and Cleveland halls. Kendade houses classrooms, faculty offices, and laboratories, including labs dedicated to molecular biology and genetics, advanced physics, and optics. Completed in 2003, the $36-million science center provides 116,000 gross square feet of new and renovated space and is home to eight departments: biological sciences, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, mathematics, astronomy, earth and environment, and computer science.
The most striking feature of Kendade's interior, a four-story atrium, is also a key component in the College's efforts to encourage greater interaction and more permeable boundaries among the sciences. The walls of the atrium literally provide windows onto laboratory work being done in the various sciences, while the 3,000-square-foot atrium serves as a meeting place for the entire community.
The largest campus building project since the renovation and expansion of Williston Library in the early 1990s, the science center attracted several of the largest gifts in Mount Holyoke's history, including an anonymous $10-million naming gift for Kendade. The center was designed and built to meet high standards for a wide variety of measures in the areas of sustainable technologies and practices. The standards conform to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria for a “green building” as established by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
The building was designed by the firm of Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture and Engineering, P.C., which specializes in the design of environments for colleges and universities with an emphasis on science and technology and sustainable design.