Another piece of Carroll University's multi-year plan to improve its campus facilities has come to fruition.
Work on the college's new $24 million, 44,000-square foot science center - dubbed the Michael and Mary Jaharis Science Laboratories - has been completed, and the building will open in time for the academic year starting this fall, according to a news release. The semester begins Sept. 8.
The building is one of a number of improvements Carroll has made, and will make, to its facilities and is part of what university officials call the largest comprehensive endowment campaign in the school's history. Carroll, a private liberal arts college, was incorporated in 1846 and offers 80 areas of study, eight graduate programs and a clinical doctorate in physical therapy.
The science center houses interactive teaching and research laboratories and student and faculty gathering spaces, and will serve the university's anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry and biochemistry programs.
"The Michael and Mary Jaharis Science Laboratories will provide our students with a world-class learning environment as they prepare for successful futures," said University President Doug Hastad, who will retire next June. "And, the family's legacy of generosity will live on forever at Carroll."
The science center - the first new academic building to be constructed on campus in more than 50 years and the university's only all gift and grant-funded structure - is only one of several additions planned for or already constructed.
Work on a new three-floor, 36,000-square foot nursing center immediately north of the new science building is already underway. That structure will replace the recently demolished Lowry Hall and connect to the science center through the 12,000-square-foot Bucyrus Center for Applied Physics and Engineering - also a new building.
Carroll's Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services Ron Lostetter has said he anticipates the nursing center will be completed by December 2017.
Last summer, Carroll wrapped up extensive renovations to one of its two campus gymnasiums - the Van Male Field House - and earlier this year the college received a $1 million grant to aid in the construction of a new environmental center and research laboratory at an off-campus site in the town of Genesee.
Other improvements to the campus grounds include the recent construction of a pavilion overlooking Carroll's football field, Schneider Stadium, ongoing upgrades to another campus recreational facility, the Ganfield Gymnasium, and in past years the construction of a cluster of student dormitories west of the main campus along Grand Avenue between College Avenue and Williams Street.