Watch the dedication ceremony and blessing, which took place on Feb. 16, 2012.
View building dedication ad that ran in the Syracuse Post-Standard
Students returning for the beginning of Le Moyne College’s Spring 2012 semester have a brand new shining facility for classes – the 48,000-square-foot science addition. Built on-time and under budget, the $20 million building was constructed in just over a year-and-a-half and was the key component of the largest level of construction on the Le Moyne campus since the College was founded in 1946.
Located on the northern ridge of the campus, the building is connected to the Coyne Science Center, one of the College’s original structures. The College’s physician assistant program will occupy the third floor of the structure, and the classrooms and laboratories on the basement, first and second floors will support other health service disciplines, as well as biology and physics.
“The opening of this impressive facility represents another major step forward on the OneLeMoyne journey," said Le Moyne President Fred P. Pestello. "This building will allow faculty, particularly those in the natural and health sciences, to better deliver our rigorous curriculum on the intimate scale for which we are known. All students will feel its impact."
The building is symbolic of the Jesuit institution’s rapidly growing programs in both the sciences and the health professions. The sciences have more students than any other area at the College, with the number of students specializing in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) increasing from the mid-300s in 2006 to more than 600 this year. In addition, Le Moyne physician assistant studies and nursing programs have enjoyed tremendous growth and popularity over the past several years.
"There are so many individuals who worked tirelessly to make this building a reality, and the results are truly spectacular," said Provost Linda LeMura. "I'm so excited about how this facility will benefit all of our students. Our faculty will teach and engage in scholarship in a space that is cutting edge in terms of technology, design and the opportunity to interact with students, both in the classroom and in common areas."
Among its features are a 125-seat tiered lecture hall (the largest teaching space on campus), a variety of classrooms, laboratories for instruction and research, faculty offices, collaborative spaces, simulation facilities, and a computer lab. A spectacular two-story atrium greets students and visitors from the main entrance of the building, and many classrooms and offices feature sweeping views from the Heights looking north.
Angled to the south to capitalize upon solar resources, the building maximizes the use of sunlight for solar thermal heat and the harvest of best quality sunlight for daylight use. The building also features an “energy wall” that combines day lighting, solar preheating of building ventilation air, direct solar gain through glazing, and indirect gain and thermal storage via trombe walls. It was designed and constructed under principles of sustainability adopted by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is expected to earn certification at the gold level under the national Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program.
Designed by Ashley McGraw Architects, with project management services by Pioneer Companies, the College's Office of Facilities Management and Planning, under the direction of Vice President for Finance and Administration Roger Stackpoole, was instrumental in the overall planning and success of the project.