posted: Thu Apr 20 2017 10:48:35
Chemistry and Chemical Biology has expanded and improved space for teaching and research, thanks to two nearly-simultaneous projects in SMLC and Clark Hall.
Phase II of the Science and Math Learning Center (SMLC) was constructed during AY14-15, adding 12,450 square feet of new space to the building, including 6220 square feet of new organic chemistry teaching laboratories plus offices. The project, which cost $6,000,000 and was completed in July, 2015, also included office space for the department of Mathematics and Statistics. The project was designed by Van H. Gilbert Architects, P.C., built by Franken Construction, and won statewide building awards (Association of General Contractors). SMLC now houses all the teaching labs for CHEM 123L, 124L, 303L and 304L, as well as offices for associated faculty (Ho, Whalen) and staff.
Renovation of Clark Hall during the 2014-2016 period was officially completed in June 2016. The $16,000,000 project was funded by a General Obligation bond passed in 2012, and the renovations were designed by Vigil and Associates and constructed by Jaynes Corp. (general contractor). The extensive renovations included
-New ADA-compliant restrooms on the first and second floors in the older Clark wing
-New HVAC system and penthouse in the Reibsomer wing
-New electrical, plumbing and internet utilities in the Reibsomer wing, including conversions of restrooms into utility chases
-Complete remodeling of the 2nd floor of Reibsomer to create new research labs, including five rooms dedicated to synthetic chemistry and nearby student offices.
-Substantial remodeling of the basement of Reibsomer to create four large instrument-based research labs (one is presently unfinished shell space) and a mass spectrometry lab