New science building update
It was revealed during the fall 2008 semester that a new building named the B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences would replace DePaul Hall as the new home of the science departments. Golisano, founder of Paychex, donated $10 million for the construction of the two story, 44,000-square-feet building, which will be named in his honor.
Since that announcement, students have not heard much about the current status of the building, which will be located at the end of the main parking lot, across from the library.Nevertheless, they are eagerly anticipating the start of construction.
"I think the new science building is a very good idea," says junior biology major Joel Nelson, "The current building, DePaul, is outdated, and for the always developing fields of science, a new facility is needed."
Junior biology major John D'Aloise agrees with Nelson, saying, "The new science building will be a much needed update."
Dr. Robert Greene, professor and chair of the biology department, says that the new building "is really going to be a great place to do undergraduate science." He says the "complete architectural design of the teaching and research labs" have already been developed.
The construction of the building will commence after the entirety of the $25 million needed for the project is raised. Greene says that an application for an $11 million grant from the National Institute of Health has been made and that it has made it to "the final cut."
"We should hear from the NIH in the next few months and that will start the ball rolling," he says.