Eckerd College ushered in a new era for its science curriculum this week when it officially opened the James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences. The project features a $25 million, 50,000 sf building for Eckerd’s College of Natural Sciences which will house current and emerging programs related to biology and chemistry in the future. The building will drive value every day at a college where 40% of students major in some science field and nearly 50% of students say they choose the school for its distinctive science education program.
The new and renovated spaces are simultaneously a place for learning and an emblem of the college’s ambitions for liberal arts education in the 21st century: a personalized experience that cultivates the imagination and is enhanced by excellent teaching and mentoring. The building is also focused on sustainability, already registered for LEED Gold.
I was fortunate enough to attend the grand opening along with Ken Wiseman, Punit Jain, Ron Smith and Marco DeZan. Eckerd College President – Dr. Donald R. Eastman – delivered strong remarks for the project and I’ve included them below. Also, here is a link to a Flickr gallery full of photos from the event.
“With its nine laboratories, two classrooms, four faculty-student teaching labs, 14 faculty offices and the many, many gathering spaces in which students and faculty can work together, the 55,000 sf James Center is a reflection of Eckerd’s commitment to the legacy of its science alumni and the work of its faculty who are committed to graduating scientists with an educated imagination. The James Center is designed to integrate the teaching of biology, chemistry and microbiology and the research which is part of good teaching. The themes of the kind of education Eckerd College provides, which the design of this building amplifies, are collaboration, creativity and inquiry.”
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