Appleton Hall was designed to accommodate all classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices for the Department of Physics and the Department Mathematics and Computer Sciences. It was located along with the Lewis Hall, an environmental studies building, to complete the existing Stauffer Complex for the Sciences.
While designed to be compatible with the existing buildings at the Stauffer Complex, Appleton Hall created a new gateway at the east side of the campus. Elements such as an astronomy viewing deck and glass block enclosed stairwell at once provide entries to the building, the Stauffer Complex and the campus.
A solar clock at the building’s south facade reinforces signage to announce the Stauffer Complex’s mission.
The interior of Appleton Hall provides state-of-the-art physics classrooms, as well as "smart classrooms" for all mathematics and computer science classes. A central, two-story rotunda provides an opportunity for gathering and social exchange between students.