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Webster University and the College of Arts & Sciences kick off a new era when Browning Hall, the Interdisciplinary Science Building opens for classes this fall. The $44-million, 85,000-square-foot facility connects to the 2012-opening East Academic Building to form a dynamic new quadrant on the Webster Groves home campus.

Browning Hall’s size and interdisciplinary emphasis enables it to house multiple departments and programs. The ISB’s features include 25 laboratory classrooms, 71 faculty and staff offices, and a 129-seat auditorium, to name a few. It will also be home to the College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office and incoming dean Dr. Anton Wallner, who said Browning Hall’s completion played a role in him coming to Webster.

“There were many components to accepting the position, but certainly the opportunity to be part of this brand-new building and expansion of the university is one of them,” Wallner said. “The building provides a new perspective. It is very open. It’s more welcoming and interactive. There’s gathering space and meeting space for students. That will hopefully lead to a sense of community and involvement in the activities of the university and the college. … It has raised everybody’s thoughts about what we can accomplish. That is going to be a very good thing.”

While the fall semester begins in late August, the general public is invited to get an up-close view of the Browning Hall on Oct. 19 as part of a two-day celebration of the facility’s opening.

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