The Gary & Ann Crocker Science Center at the George Thomas Building
Building Community, Opportunity, and Innovation
"The best science is always accidental—When you are just talking to somebody and there's a new idea or a new approach, that's where all the great ideas come from. So, can you engineer accidents? That's what this building is all about."
—Erik M. Jorgensen, Professor of Biology
Aims of the Crocker Science Center:
- Will expand the GTB from 87,000 to 126,000 square feet.
- To create a lobby to greet visitors, students, and faculty and act as a portal to the science yard.
- To build an atrium extending the full four stories, allowing natural light to penetrate into laboratories and study areas.
- Will include glass-walled laboratories which invite collaboration, innovation, and a more productive environment
- Will Provide lecture halls and classrooms for all class sizes, from 25-350 students
"The Crocker Science Center will provide critically needed, new interdisciplinary teaching laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment for undergraduate science classe s. With the opening of the Crocker Science Center, we will finally be able to provide modern laboratory space for the Cell Center and its exciting work."
—David W. Pershing, University of Utah President
A New Era for a Revered Building
The current exterior of the GTB
The renovation and expansion of the George Thomas Building, the former home of both the University of Utah's Library and the Utah Museum of Natural History, will result in a truly remarkable space for students, researchers, and the scientific community of the U and the world.
The new Crocker Science Center brings cutting-edge technology and leading research together, creating a portal to the sciences; the building will increase the accessibility to laboratories, social spaces, and study areas.
In a building which has been dedicated to knowledge of the present as well as the distant past, it is fitting that the newest role for the George Thomas Building will be a springboard for the future of research, scientific development, and education.
The interior of the GTB in the 1950s, when it was serving as the University of Utah Library
A business "incubator" will bring business and science together to make College researchers' discoveries and talents available to populations in Utah and across the world.
Thanks to a $10 million lead gift by Gary and Ann Crocker, the $50 million restoration is ready to begin. The Crocker's donation is truly remarkable. However, more support is needed.
Your gift counts!
Above all, the Crocker Science Center is a community collaboration. Gary and Ann Crocker have taken the lead with their generous support for this new Center; your support will help make the Crocker Science Center a portal, a community center, and a haven for research, innovation, and the next generation of bright scientific minds. Please join us in your support for this one-of-a-kind project!
The University of Utah is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.