Public Buildings

Mercer Hall

The Administration Building, renamed Mercer Hall on March 14, 2005, is a 440-by 54-foot, three story concrete, steel, and brick structure that houses the classrooms and staff offices. It was completely renovated in 2001.

The science laboratory complex occupies most of the third floor of the building. This facility includes modern science labs and equipment, faculty offices, and lecture rooms outfitted with state-of-the-art technology.

Faculty and staff offices are located in the south wing of the main floor and consist of suites with four or five offices each. There are also three large lecture rooms in this wing. The administrative offices occupy the north wing of the main floor.

The ground floor consists primarily of classrooms and computer labs in addition to the mailroom and technology offices. Scopes Trial and Origins museums are being developed on this level.

Latimer Student Center

The Erwin D. and Lane Latimer Student Center, completed in 2000, is a 39,000-square-foot building designed to enhance Bryan’s ability to accomplish its mission. It contains a 400-seat cafeteria and a 100-seat dining room for special events, a 70-seat student café, three student activity areas, a college bookstore, and offices for Student Life, Worldview Formation and Practical Christian Involvement.

Bryan College Library

Bryan College’s 22,000 square-foot library houses all library operations and the Academic Support Center. Library users enjoy wireless Internet access, seating/study space for 180, access to 37 computers for research and media projects, and 4 data projection spaces. Library collections provide direct access to over 312,000 books, e-books, and audiovisual items, over 33,000 print and online journals, and several special and archival collections. In addition, interlibrary loan access is available to 72,000 libraries worldwide representing over 1.9 billion holdings. Library services and programming include information literacy instruction; reference/research assistance by phone, email, and in person; special events and displays; a monthly newsletter; and a free book exchange.

Summers Gymnasium

With a seating capacity of 1,000, this building was constructed as the first unit in a physical education and intramural/intercollegiate sports complex. The present building includes a college tournament-sized rubber‑cushioned, floating maple hardwood basketball playing floor, auxiliary facilities, and locker and shower rooms. In the summer of 1982, an annex was added to the front of the gym which provided a more spacious lobby, four offices, an athletic training room, and additional storage areas and rest rooms.

In 2006-08 further additions were made to the gym to provide a full-service athletic training center for our collegiate athletics programs, and a two-story addition housing offices for all the coaches, a conference room, and new locker rooms for our home teams. Along with those additions, the old athletic training and office space at the front of the gym was converted to exercise and weight rooms available to the entire Bryan community, and the original locker rooms were converted for use by visiting teams.

Rudd Auditorium

Rudd Auditorium was occupied in 1976 as a combination auditorium and fine arts building. It houses the college’s main chapel auditorium with a regular seating capacity of 850, a large main stage for dramatic and musical productions, seven teaching studios, faculty offices, a recording studio, choir and band rooms, three classrooms, and 10 music practice rooms. Brock Bicentennial Hall, located on the ground floor, is a multipurpose room with adjacent kitchen facilities. The room will accommodate 200 people and is suitable for large classes, recitals, plays and banquets.

Anderson Annex

This building, formerly known as the Annex, was renamed in 2000 in honor of Dr. John C. Anderson, Bryan College’s professor emeritus of Greek. The ground and main floors house faculty offices for the Division of Christian Studies. The ground floor also provides classroom, meeting and study areas for divisional activities.

Rankin Communication

This building was renovated in 2005. The main floor contains a seminar room, faculty offices and two technology labs for the Department of Communication Studies (including production labs for the student publications the Triangle and The Commoner), as well as offices for the Dayton campus of Adult and Graduate Studies, Online Learning and the Student Government Association. The ground floor houses the Bryan Polyclinic, an independently operated medical clinic available to Bryan faculty, staff and students.

Alumni and Advancement Center

Rhea House, completed in 1969, was a gift of the community to the College through funds raised by the Rhea County Advisory Committee. This two-story brick dwelling served as the home of the college president and his family until it was converted to a men’s residence in 2001. In 2006 the building was converted to office space and serves as home for the Alumni and Advancement offices, including offices for Graphic Design and Multimedia production. The house also has a living room style lounge, complete with fireplace, where alumni can relax when they are visiting campus.