Biola’s newest and largest academic building — the Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health — was recently awarded the grand prize for building design in an education design showcase competition.

College Planning & Management magazine selected the Lim Center because they were impressed with its “high performance,” “focused design” and “unique synergy,” stating that the center “provides the best possible learning environment for all students at all levels of education.”

“Our sincere appreciation goes out to the team at Gensler Architects for delivering a facility that is beautiful, innovative and economical,” said Brian Phillips, Biola’s associate vice president of facility and auxiliary operations. “Their design helped us cast a new vision for science instruction at Biola in the 21st century.”

The Lim Center, which opened in January 2018, is home to Biola’s School of Science, Technology and Health. This 91,200-square-foot building features 24 instructional laboratories customized to specific disciplines, a nursing suite with life-like manikins that can speak, bleed and even give birth, faculty research labs and collaborative student work areas. Just this fall, a new water feature was added to the building’s exterior.

Above photo: The Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health opened in January 2018. Take a virtual tour at