This open area in the southwest corner of the Robert N. Noyce '49 Science Center, otherwise known as the elbow, frequently serves as the location for poster sessions.
The Peace Grove was dedicated during the 1991 Reunion Weekend by the Class of 1970. In 1970 the College's administration responded to student protests against the Vietnam War and shootings at Kent State University by closing campus two weeks early and cancelling commencement, allowing students to travel and engage in social activism throughout the nation.
The Peace Grove was dedicated in memory of that time and hope of peace; the rock at its center bears an engraved plaque stating "May the diverse species of trees, which represent the many differing opinions of an outspoken class, grow tall and provide the campus community a place to contemplate and appreciate the beauty of a peaceful world."
Located in the lower level of Burling Library, the Burling Gallery presents exhibitions comprising works from the College's extensive collections of works on paper throughout the year. Summer hours begin May 19: Monday - Friday 8-5
The Wall Performance Lab black box theatre was revamped as part of the Bucksbaum renovation and has since been used more for experimental and student work. Performances can usually seat up to 72 people.
Sebring-Lewis Hall, opened in 1999, seats 338 people in a 4,050 square-foot space. It is the home of most music department performances and numerous guest artist events. One of the first ensembles to perform in the hall, the American String Quartet, described it as "one of the two or three best halls in the country for chamber music." The rich colors and cherry wood details in the hall make it as beautiful aesthetically as it is acoustically. Electrically adjustable curtains in the upper back of the hall allow for a tunable acoustic. A well-equipped control room and numerous computer data and sound connection points within the hall itself allow Sebring-Lewis to accommodate experimental computer music as well as chamber and ensemble performances.
The Faulconer Gallery in Bucksbaum presents exhibitions year-round, ranging from the annual Student Art Salon to traveling exhibitions from world-renowned artists. Students work with the gallery’s professional staff as interns, gallery attendants, and arts outreach providers for the community. Classes often examine the College's art collection in the Print and Drawing Study Room in Burling Library, and may curate exhibitions drawn from the collection.
Located in the lower level of the John Chrystal Center, the JCC Gallery presents several visual art exhibitions throughout the year.
The new Fitness Center is a multi-floored 8,000 square foot facility that includes brand new cardiovascular and strength equipment. The upper floor of the Fitness Center, approximately 2,500 square feet, holds 26 pieces of cardio equipment, a stretching mat, dumbbells, medicine balls, and exercise balls. The cardio equipment includes the following:
- 6 Life Fitness Cross Trainers
- 6 Cybex Arc Trainers
- 6 Life Fitness Treadmills
- 3 Life Fitness Upright Bikes
- 3 Life Fitness Recumbent Bikes
- 2 Life Fitness Stair Steppers
- 2 Concept 2 Rowers
The lower floor, about 5,500 square feet, holds all of the strength equipment. The strength equipment includes:
- 6 Power Lift Double-Sided Combo Racks
- 15 Life Fitness Selectorized Machines
- 20 Pieces of Assorted Strength Equipment - Made by Power Lift, Life Fitness, and Hammer Strength
The lower level also includes dedicated areas for stretching, abdominal work, and plyometric work. In addition to the exercise equipment, the Fitness Center also showcases a state of the art stereo system and seven flat screen televisions for the upper floor.
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Wheelchair Accessible Bathroom (Same Level)
- Audio - Cassette Player
- Computer - Mac/Windows
- Data Projection
- DVD/CD Player (International)
- Laser Disc Player
- Microphone - Wireless Handheld and Lapel
- Network/Internet Access
- Projection Screen
- Projector - 16mm Film
- Projector - 35mm Slide
- Satellite Down-link Capable
- Transparency Overhead Proj
- VCR (International)
- Video Feed Available From AV Center
- Electrical Outlets (Per Plug) (18)
- Carpet Flooring
- Instructor Station
- Lighting - Variable
- Seating - Chairs (8), Tiered Fixed Chairs (158)
- Table - 8-foot (Monroe)
- Windows - Darkening (20)
Grinnell's natatorium is part of the Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center that was completed in 2010. The natatorium reflects the latest technology and design, offering swimmers a magnificent place to compete, train, or pursue personal fitness goals. The flexibility of the facility is one of its greatest strengths. Two movable bulkheads can reshape the pool for different purposes. The pool and deck portion of the natatorium were named after former Grinnell College president Russell K. Osgood in October 2010. The natatorium is connected to Darby Gym and the fieldhouse via an underground link and features:
- Fifty-meter by 25-yard pool
- Competition configuration of diving well, ten 25-yard lanes, and shallow warm-up area
- Daily use provides nineteen 25-yard lap lanes
- Two one-meter and two three-meter diving boards on concrete platform
- Diving well (13 feet deep)
- Two bulkheads to transform the pool into a multipurpose facility
- Shallow area that offers an area for water aerobics, kids, etc.
- Colorado Timing System
- State-of-the-art air exchange
- Seating areas for about 500 spectators
- Classroom near pool that seats 24
- Walk-down entry for spectators
- Quality audio system
- Two family changing rooms