The Science Initiative was a fundraising drive in support of an expansion to the current Science Center, which was built over 40 years ago to serve 800 students. It now serves three times that number, and needed updated laboratory and classroom space. The expansion has helped St. Scholastica remain one of the top health sciences institutions in Minnesota.
Exterior of the Science Center's expansion.
Students prospered in the previous Science Center, but it lacked the state-of-the-art laboratory facilities that are necessary to remain a leader in health sciences. Professors are eager to expand undergraduate research partnerships, but were limited by the space available.
"I had a great experience, and I was able to do research with faculty members," says Jeff Brodin '06, a biochemistry major who is now a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California-San Diego. "I wish every student at St. Scholastica could have the same opportunity I did, but with the facilities as tight as they are now, there's no way.”
The new Benedictine Commons nurtures community and scholarship.
The Science Initiative created a new 40,000 square-foot wing to enhance the College's existing 125,000 square-foot Science Center.
New features include:
The expansion opened in May 2012, with an official ribbon cutting ceremony to be held on the College's centennial date, Sept. 10, 2012, at 4 p.m.
The Science Initiative promotes the College's Benedictine values by seeking LEED certification status. This national benchmark enables the College to identify and implement practical and measurable "green" building design, construction and operations.