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Unified Science Center

science center


The University of Scranton presented plans for the largest capital project in its 121-year history - an approximately 200,000 square foot unified science center - at a groundbreaking ceremony on May 14.

The facility incorporates today's most innovative science teaching techniques into a dynamic, modern design that includes inviting spaces for student/faculty collaboration, visible glass-walled laboratories and the efficiencies of using shared instrumentation.

Designed for silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, the center includes a nearly 150,000-square-foot, four-story new structure on what is now a parking lot along Monroe Avenue and Ridge Row. The new building will be seamlessly integrated into nearly 50,000 square feet of renovated space in the Harper McGinnis Wing of St. Thomas Hall. The design includes a new entrance into St. Thomas Hall and the science center from the Commons.  Read More.


Quick Facts:

Total Square Footage: approximately 200,000

Square Footage of New Construction: approximately 150,000

Square Footage of Renovation: approximately 50,000

Number of Floors: four

Groundbreaking: May 14, 2009

Expected Occupancy Date: Fall Semester 2011

Features/design: 22 class and seminar rooms, 34 laboratories, 80 offices, a rooftop green house for research, a 180-seat lecture hall for symposia and seminars, an atrium, a vivarium, several faculty/student research and meeting areas, and a faculty meeting room modeled after the tea room at Oxford University.

"Green" construction: Designed for Silver LEED certification

Academic Departments Housed in Center: Biology, Chemistry, Computing Sciences, Physics/Electrical Engineering and Mathematics

Architect: EYP, Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture and Engineering, P.C

Construction Manager: The Quandel Group Inc., Scranton

Photo Gallery

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    Gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony of the unified science center, from left: David Tressler, The Quandel Group Inc.; Heather Taylor, EYP, Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture and Engineering, P.C.; Christopher Doherty, Mayor of Scranton; Coral Stredny, Biochemistry Major, Honors Program, Goldwater Scholar; Rev. Timothy Cadigan, S.J., Assistant Professor of Biology; Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., President; Janice Voltzow, Ph.D., Professor  and Chair of the Biology Department; Harold Baillie, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Frank Pearn, Trustee, Chair Finance Committee; Joseph Dreisbach, Ph.D.,  Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs; and Edward Steinmetz, Vice President for Finance/Treasurer.

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    University President Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., blesses the ground on the site of the new unified science center. To the right of Fr. Pilarz is Rev. Tim Cadigan, S.J., assistant professor of biology.

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    Joseph Dreisbach, interim associate provost for academic affairs and one of the Steering Committee members of the unified science center, speaks at the news conference announcing the project.

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    Current and former Trustees of the University attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new unified science center. From left: Mary McDonald, David Tressler, Frank McDonnell, Esq., William Young, Gerald Tracy, M.D., Margaret Mariotti, Au.D., University President Rev. Scott Pilarz, S.J., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Harold Baillie, Ph.D., Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees Frank Pearn, Joseph Bannon, M.D., and Diane Murray.

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