Groundbreaking Ceremony to be Held for Science and Tech II Addition

Posted: November 11, 2010 at 1:03 am, Last Updated: November 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm

By Dave Andrews

Preparations are well under way for a new construction project at the center of campus. Traffic patterns have been altered and pedestrian paths detoured, but administrators anticipate the addition and renovation to the Science and Tech II building will significantly enhance Mason’s College of Science.

To commemorate the start of construction, the College of Science will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, Nov. 15, from 12:30 to 1 p.m. outside the main entrance of Science and Tech II.

“We’re all very anxious for the project to get under way,” says Vikas Chandhoke, dean of the College of Science. “Our capacity to offer new lab-based classes has been very limited in recent years. This addition and renovation will give us the opportunity to expand our classes and provide our students and faculty with much-needed specialized labs and additional offerings.”

The project includes more than 100,000 square feet of renovated space in Science and Tech II. And by adding an adjoining third building, the amount of lab space and classrooms for the College of Science will greatly increase. Also, the campus greenhouse will finally have a permanent home on the roof of the addition.

During the groundbreaking, Chandhoke, as well as President Alan Merten, Provost Peter Stearns and Tom Calhoun, vice president of facilities, will speak about the significance of the construction project, the vision of the College of Science and the progressive direction of the university.

Following their remarks, Chandhoke and Merten will take a few ceremonial swings with sledgehammers to a portion of Science and Tech II destined for demolition to begin the renovation. Cake and refreshments will be offered.

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