The exterior of The Bollier Center at dusk.

Spaces & Labs

Where Students Learn By Doing

In fall of 2021, Gonzaga University unveiled its new, collaborative science and engineering facility, The Bollier Center. With an array of labs and collaboration spaces, this 82,679-square-foot facility empowers students to go beyond lectures and theory, and apply their learning to hands-on research, experiments and projects.

  • The Bollier Center combines with the PACCAR Center for Applied Sciences (29,138 square feet), Herak Center for Engineering (78,240 square feet) and the Hughes Hall science building (80,433 square feet)  to create a 270,490 square-foot integrated STEM complex.
  • A new sky bridge connects the west end of the Bollier Center to the south end of Hughes Hall.
  • Transparent spaces put science and engineering on display, encouraging engagement with the entire community.
  • Students of all majors experience this facility through core curriculum classes, study center and club activities.
Photo above by Benjamin Benschneider


Students study robotics in the Innovation Studio, an open STEM space designed to foster collaboration.

Innovation Studio

Engage in hands-on learning and collaborate with classmates in this open learning space.

Students study in one of The Bollier Center's many open spaces.

Open Spaces

Connect with other students in study spaces located throughout The Bollier Center.

A professor draws a chemistry equation on the whiteboard in The Bollier Center.

Additional Spaces

The Bollier Center also includes classrooms, faculty offices, a conference room, a terrace and a lobby.


laser cutter

Cadwell Maker Center

Create prototypes with a laser cutter/engraver, a vacuum former and 3D printers.


A students works in The Bollier Center's Circuits Lab.

Circuits Lab

Study the fundamentals of electronic circuit elements and networks.

Dr Marc Baumgardner in blue light lab

Clean Combustion Lab

Create cleaner-burning combustion systems and improve the efficiency and emission of devices that use promising bio-fuels

Students work in the Computing Lab.

Computing Labs

Test advances in cybersecurity, data science, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. Accommodate evolving and emerging computing technology needs.

Students work in The Bollier Center's Environmental Engineering Lab.

Environmental Engineering Lab

Address water scarcity, climate change and resource depletion. Use natural byproducts of agricultural and forestry waste as filtration agent.

Students share their STEM projects with business leaders and community members.

Innovation Lab

Foster innovation through senior design and undergraduate research projects. Collaborate with industry professionals and entrepreneurs.

Raven Haines and Mechanical Engineering's Gary Weber work in the Materials Lab.

Materials Engineering Lab

Study the fundamentals of fiber reinforced polymer composites. Explore new manufacturing technologies of interpenetrating polymer network adhesives.

An abstract image of math equations.

Math Learning Center

Apply mathematics to real-world situations like medical imaging and knot theory. The Math Learning Center also offers free math tutoring from student tutors and instructors.

An abstract painting of a a human brain.

Psych Suite

Study psychology in the Operant Lab, the Positive Emotion and Social Behavior Lab and The Cultural Psychology Lab.

A student works in the Biochemistry Lab.

Research Biochemistry Lab

Engage in hands-on research, such as the discovery of potential anti-parasitic drugs. Collaborate with labs, universities and scientists from all over the world.

Students work in The Bollier Center's Structures Lab.

Structures Lab

Reduce the embodied carbon footprint in construction materials. Expand the capability for full structural and material testing of a scale that enables collaboration with area businesses.

A student works on a STEM project in one of The Bollier Center's labs.

Student Project Wet/Dry Labs

Perform testing in the proper environment for non-moisture or water-related projects.

tribology research

Tribology Lab

Uncover the fundamentals of surfaces in relative motion at both macro and nano scales. Develop advanced coatings for aerospace applications and hydrogel-based materials for advanced prosthesis.

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