Four greenhouse “bays” create a rich climate-controlled environment for a vast array of biology experiments.
The Jordan Hall greenhouse facility consists of four greenhouses (210 square feet each) and an adjoining greenhouse support lab. A computer-controlled and programmable environmental system controls cooling and temperature by use of a fog system, air circulation, ventilation, and light and shade levels. Each greenhouse can be programmed separately to meet the requirements of individual class projects. The computer system is also outfitted with a weather station for monitoring outdoor conditions.
This is a vast improvement over the facilities previously available for classroom use. The former biology greenhouse, which was razed several years ago, had not been used for teaching for a number of years because of its poor and declining physical condition. The environment was extremely difficult to control, making growing conditions too unstable for any hope of getting repeatable results in any experimental settings. Class laboratories involving plant growth were carried out in the classrooms and were designed around small enclosures constructed with grow-lights, thus limiting the kinds of experiments that could be designed.
There are no limitations to the kinds of class projects that can be planned for the new greenhouse facility. Users of the greenhouse facility include classes in general biology, ecology (including aquatic and stream ecology), plant science, and genetics.