Biola Breaks Ground on $63 Million Center for Science, Technology and Health

New hub for science, technology and health will champion Biola’s vision to equip the next generation of STEM majors

Feb. 26, 2016 By Drew Mattocks

Today, Biola University broke ground on the new Alton and Lydia Lim Center for Science, Technology and Health, which is slated to open in 2018.

Standing at the site for the new center, Biola University President Barry H. Corey thanked Alton Lim and his late wife, Lydia, for their generous donation of $12 million toward the center, stating it was a game changer for the university. Corey also imparted gratitude to each and every person who donated to Biola’s campaign — “A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage: The Campaign for Biola University” — from students to faculty and alumni, recounting the impact the center will have in the sciences.

“This will be a building whose laboratories, microscopes, petri dishes, computers, and observatories and other offices are all utilized not to deify nature or to declare achievements of man, but to declare the glory of God,” said Corey.

The new building will house Biola’s new School of Science, Technology and Health, which was announced in November 2015.

“The center for science, technology and health will offer a counter narrative in which science and faith are not only reconciled but deeply and necessary in conversation,” said Corey.

The 91,200 square-foot building will provide 30 laboratories, three classrooms, research spaces, faculty offices, a rooftop observatory and all new, cutting-edge technology to meet the growing needs of the new school.

“It will allow us to have more instrumentation and equipment so that our students will get more hands-on experience with the scientific tools they will need to use after they graduate,” said John Bloom, chair of Biola’s chemistry, physics and engineering department. “It will make Biola more competitive as a school choice for science majors, and help break the stereotype that evangelical Christians avoid the sciences.”

In addition to providing an updated and state of the art location for learning, the new center will create a centralized location for all departments within the new School for Science, Technology and Health.

With the creation of the new school, Biola will be able to focus on becoming a leader in the sciences and champion a deep integration of faith and science, technology, and health. Thus the sciences can become a focal point for the university with further concentration on Biola’s science, technology and health majors: biological science; biochemistry; chemistry; communication sciences and disorders; computer science; engineering physics; environmental science; human biology; kinesiology; mathematics; nursing; physical education and physical science.

“These degree fields have strong career potential and are currently in high demand in many industries,” said Deborah Taylor, Biola’s interim provost and senior vice president. “Rather than subsume the sciences in a broad umbrella, the time has come to give them special focus: a school to which attention and resources may be devoted as we prepare the growing number of Christian students for careers in these fields.”

The new center was made possible by Lim’s donation in February 2015 and announced at the May 9, 2015 Gala for “A Soul of Conviction, A Voice of Courage: The Campaign for Biola University.” As of January 2016, $49 million has been raised toward the new center which will cost $63 million.

Biola is currently in the process of a national search for hiring a new dean for the department of Science, Technology and Health. This search has been aided by the experts at Carter Baldwin.

Written by Drew Mattocks, Public Relations Intern. For more information contact Jenna Loumagne at (562) 777-4061 or



  • myra white Feb. 27, 2016 at 12:07 AM

    Thank you Jesus for using your people to further Your Kingdom. I am so exciting about my daughter, a pre-med major, starting Biola in the Fall.

  • Evette M. Mar. 22, 2016 at 9:23 PM

    Father, praise you Lord for putting this incredible school on the heart of Alton Lim. Praise you Jesus! What a great opportunity for the students majoring in science. We are praying our daughter attends in the fall. ♡

  • Gail Noon Apr. 4, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Lord, AGAIN you have been "reading my heart" continuing desires to - in years to come - learn more about the fields / become PART of the fields.....that this new wing will be teaching / be involved in ! (that BIOLA has until now lacked)...........AND, I know, Lord, that you have been very aware of the many secular / Uniformitarian Evolutionist criticisms that the Dallas-based Institute of Creation Research has been repeatedly attacked with - in that private Christian institute's goal of exposing the fallacies of Evolution, while at the same time revealing to the world the TRUTHS of God's Creation, and the TRUTHS of the Bible !

  • Jocelyn Brunson Apr. 29, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Biola keeps on growing! I'm thankful and grateful God has moved these people to donate to our university. We're so blessed because God knew what He was doing when He had many plans for Biola. Students who will be part of this new school on campus will benefit. Thank you for thinking of Biola,Alton Lim! You're generosity will always be remember.

  • Jill Cralley May. 5, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    Praise the Lord for wonderful and inspiring people like Alton Lim. He has made an impact to me in his kindness and giving. I attended Nursing School at BIOLA in the late 1980's and I am thankful.

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