Left to right: Biology Department Chair Patricia Astry; John Dougherty, architect; Dr. John Kijinski, Dean of Arts and Sciences; and Dr. Thomas Janik, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
With the tossing of some ceremonial dirt and a celebratory toast from Erlenmeyer flasks destined for new chemistry labs, scores of SUNY Fredonia faculty, students, administrators and alumni marked the beginning of a long-awaited facility dedicated exclusively to the sciences at SUNY Fredonia.
With it, many in attendance agree, comes a new era in the campus’ academic evolution, and in the ways in which prospective students, faculty and others think of SUNY Fredonia.
The new, 92,000-square-foot building set to open in 2014 is the single largest facility investment in the campus’ history. When complete, it will house the biology and chemistry/biochemistry departments, in addition to the environmental science and science education programs, which at present collectively comprise more than 400 students.
Following its completion, a renovation of Houghton Hall will follow and eventually house the departments of physics, geosciences, mathematics, and computer and information sciences — another roughly 400 students at present — thereby creating a Fredonia Science Complex dedicated to all of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines.
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