The School of Health and Natural Sciences Facilities

The School of Health and Natural Sciences is housed in the recently remodeled Meadowlands Hall and the Joseph R. Fink Science Center. Both buildings are set in the garden-like campus of Dominican, with picturesque landscape architecture and a year-round view of Mt. Tamalpais. The buildings feature state of the art technology and labs to meet the high quality educational standards of the programs in our school.


Meadowlands Hall


Built in 1888 and sold by the de Young family to the Dominican Sisters in 1918, Meadowlands, fondly named through the ages as Meadowlands Hall, is considered to be an historic resource by the City of San Rafael, listed in the San Rafael Historical and Architectural Survey, and classified as an “exceptional” property.

Over the decades, the history of Dominican and Meadowlands Hall have been inextricably intertwined. Meadowlands has served as student housing, classroom and laboratory space for the Nursing and Occupational Therapy programs, and valuable meeting space for on and off campus programs. In September 2013, Dominican embarked on a major construction project to refurbish and renovate Meadowlands Hall to its current standing as a building of “historic importance” by the San Rafael Cultural Commission. Completed just two years later, as one of the largest construction projects to ever occur on the San Rafael-based campus, the 27,000 square foot renovation now provides faculty and staff offices, classrooms, and state-of-the art instructional and skills assessment laboratories, as well as gathering and meeting spaces on all floors. The project was made possible through the generosity of Mr. Rolf Lewis and many other prominent donors of the Dominican community. Today, Meadowlands shines brightly as a “gem” in the history and future of Dominican. Home of the School of Health and Natural Sciences, current programs housed in Meadowlands are Health Science, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Public Health, and Physician Assistant Studies.

Joseph R. Fink Science Center


In June 2007, Dominican unveiled the $21 million Science Center, named in honor of former Dominican President, Dr. Joseph R. Fink, who served from 1988 – 2011. The 35,000 square foot science and research center houses more than 30 classrooms and labs, including biology, chemistry, and computer technology labs for faculty, staff and student use. The Science Center is an invaluable resource to the Dominican campus in preparing students for careers in research, medicine, science, and the biotechnology sector, as well as cross-disciplinary fields in education and science.

The Joseph R. Fink Science Center is home to the Natural Science and Mathematics department, one of the four departments within the School of Health and Natural Science, and includes undergraduate and graduate programs in the disciplines of Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Science.

For more information about Meadowlands Hall and the Joseph R. Fink Science Center, and how your gift can continue the legacy of Dominican, contact Tracy Hogan, Director of Development, Office of Advancement & Alumni Engagement, at 415.482.3507 or [email protected]