The Science Center was completed in August 1997 and houses programs in biology and natural resources, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering science, mathematics, physics, and sustainability. The facility contains modern labs in each program, a tropical aviary, a greenhouse, computer facilities, a Principia ice-age Mammoth display, a resource center, and study areas. The building is a leading regional example of “green” (environment-friendly) architecture. The St. Louis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects gave it the 2000 Honor Award for Sustainable Design. Our research-quality telescope (computer-controlled, sixteen-inch, one-ton Ritchey-Chretien design) is housed across campus with its own observing platform and dome.