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Le Moyne Breaks Ground on 48,000-square-foot Science Facility

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release)... Le Moyne College broke ground on June 10 on a $20 million science facility that, once completed in late 2011, will serve as a key component of the Jesuit institution’s rapidly growing programs in both the sciences and the health professions. The 48,000-square-foot facility is located on the northern ridge of the campus, and will connect to the Coyne Science Center, one of the College’s original structures.

“The addition of this science building is symbolic of the upward trajectory that Le Moyne has been on over the past two years,” said Le Moyne President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D. “The beginning of the construction for this facility is the culmination of the hard work of many individuals, and is the result of the generosity of many stakeholders, who are deeply committed to Le Moyne and our Jesuit mission.”

The ground breaking for the building took place as part of the celebration of the successful closing of the College’s record-breaking Achieving New Heights comprehensive campaign. Launched with a goal of $50 million, Achieving New Heights concluded after reaching more than $91 million. (See a live Web cam of the construction site.)

“This facility heralds a new era of science education at Le Moyne with a renewed commitment to excellence in teaching, in scholarship and in research,” said Le Moyne Provost Linda LeMura, Ph.D. “As a growing number of regional organizations turn to Le Moyne to help them meet emerging needs in their sector, this new science facility will enable existing and new partnerships to flourish and succeed.”

Among its features are the largest lecture hall on campus, a variety of classrooms, laboratories for instruction and research, faculty offices, collaborative spaces, simulation facilities, and a computer lab. Angled to the south to capitalize upon solar resources, the building will maximize the use of sunlight for solar thermal heat and the harvest of best quality sunlight for daylight use. The building will also feature 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, and will earn certification at the silver or gold level under the national Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program.

In addition to offering state-of-the-art facilities that will be utilized by Le Moyne’s entire student body, the building will also benefit all of Central New York by better supporting the health care sector and providing a home for the College’s efforts to recruit and prepare engineers to meet the growing demand among regional companies for engineers – both critical elements in the growth of the region’s economy.

The building was designed by Ashley McGraw Architects. The project management firm is the Pioneer Companies.

posted on: 6/10/2010