Greenhouse nears completion at PLU on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (Photo: John Froschauer/PLU)

Welcome to the Carol Sheffels Quigg Greenhouse!

The Carol Sheffels Quigg Greenhouse, constructed during Summer 2015, is located between the Rieke Science Center and the Morken Center for Learning and Technology. The facility consists of 1,700-square feet, and contains a single growing space and adjacent head house.

The new greenhouse includes fine-grained temperature controls through a Wadsworth VersiSTEP system. Heating and cooling is provided by a separate zone in the existing geothermal system that powers the nearby Morken Center for Learning and Technology. The greenhouse has its own control system to manage the ground source heat pumps. This innovative closed-loop, geothermal-energy system ranks it high among sustainable, energy-efficient buildings. Additionally, a native species garden will be placed next to the greenhouse.

The greenhouse will support both teaching and research activities for faculty and students and will also serve the greater community through outreach and collaborative activities. The facility will be used for course-related labs,  student-faculty research in biology, and house a standing botanical collection.

We are extremely grateful to the generous donors who made our vision of a state-of-the-art greenhouse a reality.