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Looking ahead to new building

Professor of Biology and Chair of Pre-Health Advising Karen Kirk is looking forward to showing prospective students the new science center renovation and expansion, once it’s completed.

“I think it will be great. It’s so needed,” Kirk said of the 130,000-square-foot science center addition currently under construction on Middle Campus. 

The new building will connect the current Johnson A and B buildings and include flexible teaching and research labs, technology-rich classrooms, and spaces for faculty-student research, and collaboration.

“I work a lot with students in research,” Kirk said. “I do research all summer, usually with four or five students, and two or three during the academic year.”

The research lab emphasis of the new building will bolster the College’s reputation for providing student research at the undergraduate level.

“Research experience is so valued in industry, in hospitals, and everywhere, because it shows that students can solve problems and think in a critical way, assessing what’s going on,” Kirk said. “It’s a valuable experience no matter what field you go into.”

The $43 million project also includes renovation of the existing buildings. Once complete, the science center will be the future home of biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, chemistry, environmental studies, neuroscience, physics, and psychology.

Construction of the addition is scheduled dot be completed by the end of the 2017 fall semester. Renovation of the existing science buildings is expected to take place between January and August 2018.