College graduates often have strong ties to their alma maters, and Esther Gerstacker is no exception. As a former chemistry student of Hiram College, she understood the financial challenge for small colleges to keep their science facilities safe and current. The family donated $2.5 million to complete a $6.2 million state-of-the-art Esther and Carl Gerstacker Science Hall. To build the Hall, the College closed a village street to convert it into a pedestrian walkway and campus green.
Gerstacker Hall was designed for interdisciplinary studies among biology and chemistry. Laboratories for biology, general and organic chemistry, were planned in close consultation with faculty to optimize flexibility and adaptability to a variety of teaching and research needs.