About Gray-Little Hall

The outside of Gray-Little Hall, covered in windows
Students walk through the open stairways of ISB

Students and researchers across chemistry, medicinal chemistry, physics, molecular biosciences and related fields share Gray-Little Hall, formerly known as the Integrated Science Building, which boasts more than 300,000 square feet of clean, modern space for education and research. For students, this means new classrooms, new ways of interacting with instructors and classmates, and close integration of their undergraduate studies with cutting-edge research activity. For researchers, it means a state-of-the-art facility designed to spawn multidisciplinary research and be an anchoring point for collaboration among KU’s research centers and campuses.

More broadly, Gray-Little Hall benefits the entire University of Kansas by helping us recruit new scholars, pursue new funding opportunities, foster technology-based startups and enhance the visibility of KU nationally.

Below is the timeline of the opening of the facility and its transition to becoming Gray-Little Hall.

Chancellor Gray-Little returns to KU for a formal building dedication ceremony for Gray-Little Hall. The event is hosted by Chancellor Douglas Girod and features remarks from KBOR President Blake Flanders, Foundation Distinguished Professor Steven Soper and Chancellor Gray-Little.

View video of the full ceremony.

In December 2019, the Kansas Board of Regents authorizes KU to rename the Integrated Science Building “Gray-Little Hall” in honor of former Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little.

The ISB opens and students are attending classes in the new active learning classrooms and teaching laboratories. The new building boasts:

  • 4 collaborative-learning classrooms
  • 21 teaching labs
  • 41 research labs

Excitement is building as faculty, students and staff prepare to move into the ISB. June 5, 2018, marks the first day classes will be held in the building's new labs and lecture rooms.

Hard hat tours begin for faculty and other research staff who will have research lab space in the new building. The building is still set to open in the summer of 2018.

KU Chemistry is excited to announce the new Integrated Science Building (ISB), which is a significant part of the Central District. Construction began in early Spring 2016, with the demolition of Stouffer Place and site preparation work continuing through the summer. The construction of the ISB is expected to be completed in time for Fall 2018 courses. The Central District will also include a new student union in place of the demolished Burge Union. Read more about KU's new Central District.

In his campus-wide e-news message, titled "Redefining KU's Skyline for Greater Discovery," then-Provost Jeffrey Vitter described the anticipated Integrated Science Building as "a distinguishing feature of the Central District and Innovation Way." Finding a balance between teaching and research, the ISB will house new chemistry teaching labs that help ensure students have access to the latest techniques while also allowing students to see research advances in the same building. A clean room suite will allow more researchers to pursue cutting-edge efforts related to two new research centers — focused on life sciences and materials science — contained in the structure. As practices and pursuits change, researchers can easily outfit and reconfigure the flexible-design labs. A 350-seat auditorium will enable departments to host conference presentations when not in classroom use.

Building dedication ceremony for Gray-Little Hall

On October 26, 2023, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little returned to KU for a building dedication ceremony for the facility named in her honor.