The McWhorter School of Building Science


The McWhorter School of Building Science is located in the M. Miller Gorrie Center, which opened in 2006. Gorrie Center earned the State of Alabama’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certification. This state-of-the art “green” building is equipped with unmatched information technology. 


Gorrie Center


Thesis Room

The Thesis Room, which is strictly used for thesis work, a BSCI graduation requirement. This room has forty-five individual work stations, of which thirty-five are configured with dual twenty-two inch monitors with a late model Dell i7 machines. The other ten workstations are used as laptop stations where students can “check out” a laptop from the IT office for use. This room also has two Xerox Phaser 7760 color laser printers and one HP 2300 color plotter. 

Peripheral Lab

The Peripheral lab that is for any BSCI student who would like to do uninterrupted computer work; this room has no scheduled classes. It is equipped with twelve Core 2 duo machines with one twenty-two inch monitor for each computer. There is also one Xerox Phaser 7760 color laser printer and one HP 2300 color plotter.

Building Information Modeling Lab

The Building Information Modeling Lab (BIM) Lab, which has twenty-four late model HP Elite i7 machines with dual twenty-two inch monitors. This room is also equipped with a Xerox Phaser 7760 color laser printer. The computers in Room 307 are set up into four PODS of six, and each POD faces a sixty-five inch wide screen TV, which is used in place of a projector in the class and enables students to see what is being projected up close. In the front of the classroom is a fifth large screen TV with a touch screen overlay so the instructor can stand at the TV and touch the screen to display different things.

PC Controls Lab

The PC controls lab that has thirty-four HP i7 computers very similar to the ones in room 307 except they have 8GB of RAM instead of 16GB and has one twenty-two inch monitor instead of two. This room is equipped with a Xerox Phaser 7400 color laser printer. It was upgraded last year to a single high definition wide screen liquid cooled Panasonic projector, which creates a quiet environment for students and can be seen clearly from the back of the classroom.

Student Lounge

The student lounge, which  is a student break area and is also equipped with a large conference room table. Room 206 also has two forty-two inch TVs for students to connect their laptops for collaborative/team work. There is a sixty inch LCD TV that is for entertainment and an HP 6100 plotter and a Xerox Phaser 7400 color laser printer. 

Conference Rooms

The small conference room that has a small cozy environment is normally used by faculty or faculty with a small group of students.  Room 118M has one computer with a sixty-five inch large screen TV mounted on the wall that can be easily viewed from around the room and is excellent for video conferencing.

The large conference room, which like the small conference room, has one computer with an eighty-inch LCD TV mounted on the wall and is used for its audio/visual system. It was recently upgraded with the installation of sound dampening panels. This room is best used for large group presentations and can be used for teleconferencing; however, it is not as efficient as the small conference room.


Online Digital Media Library

During the building process of M. Miller Gorrie Center over two thousand photographs were taken to document the major construction activities. An online library for these photos has been created using a digital collection management software named CONTENTdm. In this library, all construction images of Gorrie Center are cataloged and searchable by materials, labor trade, equipment, and tools. Other media, including construction drawings, specifications, videos, and 3-dimensional models of Gorrie Center are also collected. Although developed for construction education, this media collection can help anyone visualize a real world construction project in all of its aspects. Click here to view the collection.



Richard Burt

Richard Burt

McWhorter Endowed Chair and School Head