As with most colleges, Luther is in a constant race against time to keep its buildings up-to-date. The newest addition to campus is Sampson-Hoffland Laboratories, a cutting-edge science building that hosts the biology and chemistry departments. Many other buildings have also undergone recent facelifts—Farwell Hall, the Center for the Arts, and Jenson-Noble Hall of Music have all received large redesigns with spectacular modern results, and the Union was completed in 2006. However, some buildings are falling behind in the renovations race. Larsen Hall is entirely serviceable but rather creaky, and the Towers are next in line for a well-deserved overhaul. Special notice goes to Main—not only is it widely regarded as the ugliest building on campus, but the ineffectual heating system has a bad habit of making loud clanking noises during class.
Luther’s athletic facilities are excellent and well maintained. The Regents Center houses many different gyms for all kinds of varsity sports and intramural leagues, the Legends fitness center, and the Norse gym, which is generally hopping during basketball season. In general, Luther knows that progress needs to be made in a few buildings, and steps are being taken to ensure that every building on campus is viewed as a pinnacle of design and function. While a few buildings are admittedly showing their age, Luther works hard to make the facilities as conducive to education and living as possible.