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August 16, 2013

GC College dedicating STEM

GROVE CITY — Grove City College is holding a dedication ceremony of STEM Hall, the College’s new $39.5 million science, technology, engineering and mathematics building, on Thursday, Sept. 19.

The ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. on the STEM Hall courtyard.

STEM Hall is a 68,000-square-foot facility designed to provide hands-on research and interdisciplinary study. The new building offers expansive laboratory and study spaces that foster opportunities for collaborative interaction, similar to what students will find in the workplace.

“We are grateful to the many alumni, foundations and friends of the College who have given generously of their treasure to offer Grove City College students a magnificent learning opportunity for years to come,’’ said Dick Jewell, the college’s president.

STEM Hall houses 12 labs, a vivarium for plants and animals used in research, and 18 faculty offices. The building is anchored by four glass-walled laboratories that put “science in sight.” The concept is intended to bring the work done by scientists in the laboratory out from behind closed doors and encourage students to explore the STEM disciplines. Another key feature of the building is floor-to-ceiling SageGlass windows that tint automatically as the sun shines on the east-facing commons area.

Thirty-five percent of the 2,500 students enrolled at the College are enrolled in the Hopeman School of Science, Engineering and Mathematics. Students majoring in biology, chemistry and computer science will further their education inside STEM Hall. Students in other STEM disciplines may also attend lectures and labs at the hall.

Ballinger of Philadelphia served as the building’s architect, and Pittsburgh-based PJ Dick was the general contractor for the project.

In the event of rain, the ceremony will take place inside at the STEM Hall atrium. Those planning to attend the event, should respond by Friday, Sept. 13, to the Office of Alumni and College Relations at 724-450-4036, or by email to alumni@gcc.edu.

The addition of STEM Hall completes phase one of the project. Phase two will take place in the future as part of the next capital campaign. It will involve demolishing the Rockwell Hall of Science and replacing it with a similar building that will connect to the current STEM Hall. The new building will retain Rockwell’s iconic tower. This will allow all science, technology, engineering and mathematic departments to be located in one venu.

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