HURLEY & Associates

As Bellevue University began to expand its science, technology, engineering and math courses in biology and secondary education, it needed an outdoor lab facility to bring students hands-on experiences in studying sustainable resources. The Sustainability Learning Lab is meant to have a multigenerational appeal with a “show-and-tell” element that invites visitors of all ages to come and learn, while also serving as a research hub and testing site for local solutions to sustainability issues. This augments the university’s commitment to “Science on Display” with open visible areas for collaboration and instruction.


  • Adaptable and flexible space for different types of instruction, collaboration and seasons of the year
  • The ability to record and broadcast experiments in the greenhouse, further exhibiting “Science on Display”
  • A native plant garden in the greenhouse/headhouse
  • Wind and solar generating stations to study renewable energy
  • Outdoor class space featuring a 1200-square-feet algae pond allowing for the creation of biofuels, as well as a cistern


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Brookings, SD  57006

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