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Rendering of the new chemistry building

Key Factors

Construction on the new Chemistry building began in February 2019 and is scheduled to be completed by spring 2021. ODU's newest building will be a four-story 110,000 square-foot innovative learning center. The new Chemistry building is being funded by a state bond issue, in part intended to increase the number of students in STEM-H, those majoring in science, technology, engineering, math and health. Old Dominion is the second-largest producer of STEM-H.


New Building Construction Videos


Faculty & Staff Support Spaces

Conference Rooms

2 small 1st floor (North and South end)

1 small 2nd floor for online course instruction & recitations (North end)

1 large 4th floor for department meetings (South end)

Office Spaces

28 Faculty Offices

5 Classified Staff Offices

1 Emeritus Faculty Office

1 Adjunct Faculty Office

1 ACS Student Affiliates Office

Graduate Student Office Areas

1 area North end - 2nd floor (holds 15 students)

2 areas North and South end - 3rd floor (holds 15 students per area)

2 areas North and South end - 4th floor (holds 15 students per area)

Teaching Labs

General Chemistry - 3 wet labs (1st floor)

Organic Chemistry - 2 wet labs plus 1 organic instrumentation lab (2nd floor)

Upper Chemistry - 2 wet labs plus 1 common instrumentation lab (3rd floor)

Upper Chemistry - 2 wet labs, 1 Imaging lab and 1 Spectroscopy lab (4th floor)




Planetarium/Digital Theater

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  • 117 seats
  • 5 wheelchair allocated spaces
  • Lecture Classes
  • Planetarium Shows
  • Research Seminars
  • Public Lectures




Student Support Spaces

Student Success Center

36 seats + 3 individual break-out rooms which will hold 4 each.

All office hours, help sessions, and small study groups will be held in this room.

Interactive/Open Common Areas

7 total areas (1-1st floor; 3-2nd floor; 1-3rd floor; 2-4th floor)

Student Active Learning Classroom

72 seats for recitations.