October 9, 2011
Watch video stream of groundbreaking day
Saint Francis University held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, October 7 for a new 70,000 square-foot science center.
Once completed, this building will be a flagship facility for science and technology programs on campus. It will house state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories and research facilities (including an aquatic research facility), advanced chemical instrumentation and youth outreach areas, in addition to places for students and faculty to gather, study and learn.
The science center project is the second phase of the three-phased capital campaign to invest in the sciences and health sciences at the university. The first phase, The DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness, was completed in April 2009. The third phase, the renovation of Sullivan Hall, will better serve the needs of health sciences students and will commence upon completion of the science center.
"This science center is not just another building,” explains University President, the Rev. Gabriel J. Zeis, T.O.R. "It will be an opportunity to transform the way we educate our students through research, service and collaboration.”
Construction will begin this spring and the building is expected to be complete in fall 2013.
The groundbreaking event was attended by State Senator John Wozniak, who was instrumental in securing state funding for the project, and Jill Hans, the Deputy Secretary for Higher Education, who represented the Commonwealth in the ceremony.
In December 2010, Governor Rendell authorized the release of $7 million for construction of the science center. Governor Tom Corbett reviewed the project in early 2011 and reaffirmed the Commonwealth’s commitment in May 2011. The remainder of the total project cost of $27 will be funded through a combination of financing and private donations.