NEW WILMINGTON, Pennsylvania – Just two years after the groundbreaking ceremony, the expansion of the Hoyt Science Center at Westminster College is complete and an inauguration ceremony will take place on Friday, September 3 at 4:00 p.m. at 4:00 p.m.
After construction was completed in late spring, the three-story, 27,000-square-foot wing opened its doors to students this fall and is currently home to Westminster’s chemistry, biochemistry and environmental sciences.
“This impressive new space gives us a competitive advantage and will increase our ability to develop highly skilled scientific professionals,” said Dr. Peter Smith, Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Institute for Biochemistry and Chemistry. “The new labs will encourage collaboration and creativity, two hallmarks of Westminster College graduates.”
The $ 11.2 million expansion completes the third phase of the college’s Hoyt renovation and expansion project. Phases one and two included the construction of the Nursing and Neurosciences at Westminster and the Dietz Sullivan Lecture Hall, as well as other structural and aesthetic renovations and upgrades to the existing Hoyt Building, which was originally built in 1974 with an extension in the 1980s.
Phase four will deal with spaces needed for the Center for the Environment and future expanded academic programs, as well as unrenovated areas from the first two phases of the project.
Designed by BHDP Architecture of Cincinnati and built by Thomas Construction Inc. of Grove City, Pennsylvania, the sleek, state-of-the-art facility now houses new teaching and research laboratories, offices, and plenty of space for students and faculty to interact and collaborate.
“With a third of Westminster students studying STEM-related subjects, the new addition – when combined with the previously renovated section of Hoyt – increases Westminster’s ability to teach, collaborate and prepare students for the opportunities they will find in the Graduate School and Industry. “Said the President of Westminster College Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson.
A number of speakers will attend the inauguration on Friday, including President Richardson; Dr. Jean Hale, Vice President for Institutional Development; Kenneth Romig, Vice President for Finance and Management Services; Dr. Jamie McMinn, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College; Jeffrey McCandless, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Westminster College; and Seth Schrader, a senior chemistry student from Fredonia, NY The Rev. James Mohr, Campus Chaplain, will say a prayer of devotion.
Participants can visit the new room on their own after the ceremony. Student guides are available throughout the building to answer questions or give directions.