Thiel College to Break Ground on New Science Facility

The project will cost $4.5 million and will connect two previously existing structures.


Rendering from MacLachlan, Cornelius & Filoni

Thiel College will break ground Saturday for a new facility that, by connecting the Rhodehouse Memorial Science Hall and the Academic Center at their eastern ends, will add 7,850 square feet of academic space.

The $4.5 million project is meant to create a more efficient and student-friendly center and will include four enhanced labs and open collaborative areas.

The groundbreaking, set for 10 a.m., is part of the college’s sesquicentennial homecoming 2016 celebration. It will be followed by a reception in The James Pedas Communication Center.

“The science connector is a dream come true for Thiel College,” says Lynn Franken, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, in a statement. “This new facility will inspire and enable connections of many kinds: faculty and student research collaborations; science, arts, and humanities partnerships; and campus and community alliances.”

In addition to the groundbreaking, homecoming weekend also will include a gala with a silent auction, a parade and the homecoming football game. More information can be found here.

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