Misericordia University breaks ground on new science centre

WCN Editorial Team 18 Apr 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The Misericordia University in northeast Pennsylvania, US, has broken ground on the $45m Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Science Center, expanding the existing science hall.

The Henry Science Center, which is claimed to be the largest academic building on the 124-acre campus, will feature a mix of classroom space, technology, and teaching and research laboratories.

The work is part of Misericordia University’s multi-year project to expand learning and research opportunities for students and faculty.

Misericordia University board of trustees chairperson Chris Borton said: “I want to thank the late Mr. Frank Henry for his leadership gift that provided the momentum to our campaign to help us make our vision for a modern science center a reality.

“The Henry Science Center will be the culmination of a significant strategic planning initiative over a long period of time – with the potential for dramatic positive impact on the teaching and research resources of our faculty and students.”

Construction of the new three-storey 57,400ft² wing is expected to take about 18 months to complete, while the renovation of the existing 28,500ft² science hall is scheduled to commence in June 2020.

The entire Henry Science Center is planned to be completed in fall 2021 semester.

The new science centre will feature a two-storey glass curtain-wall on the north façade to permit views from the centre of the campus into the new teaching labs.

Additionally, a science courtyard will be built on the south side to include an outdoor classroom, greenhouse and an outdoor rain garden for managing storm water runoff and related research.

The Henry Science Center will comprise a number of dedicated laboratories and workspaces for specific areas of inquiry, including a small mammal vivarium, aquatic/invertebrate vivarium, electronics/computer build lab and 10 new teaching labs in biology, chemistry and physics.

An organic chemistry lab is also planned to be built adjacent to the learning centre dedicated to the 300MHz nuclear magnetic resonance instrument.

The centre will also house a new cold room to enable advanced molecular experiments, and a cadaver suite, complete with an integrated control room, Anatomage room, and laboratory and preparatory space to expand learning opportunities for health and medical science students.

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Image: Rendering of Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Science Center. Photo: courtesy of Misericordia University.

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