Dedication ceremony officially opens CSUB’s newest science building

September 25, 2008
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Science 3 Dedication Ceremony Photo

California State University, Bakersfield entered the next phase of its growth with the official dedication and donor recognition ceremony for the Science III building today (Sept. 25). This is the first new science facility on campus in more than 30 years.

Donors, local employers, alumni as well as staff, faculty and students were in attendance. Donors made gifts totaling close to $2 million to ensure quality equipment and programming were available in the building.

"This long awaited new addition to the campus has allowed us to expand our science, mathematics and other programs to prepare our students for the 21st century economy," said President Horace Mitchell. "Thanks to our generous donors, our students and faculty have a state-of-the-art facility in which to learn and conduct research which furthers our vision of academic excellence."

The three-story structure houses several new labs including a computer hardware lab, a network lab and digital electronics lab classrooms. Additionally, it provides faculty offices and research facilities for computer science, mathematics, nursing and physics faculty.

"The new science building will accommodate an average of over 2,000 students per quarter," added Julio Blanco, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. "We are excited that the 'smart' classrooms, modern computer laboratories and open space will provide our students more opportunities for multidisciplinary interaction and learning."

Over 100 classes, serving about 2,500 students from all four schools, are scheduled in the building for just this fall quarter. Classes include crime scene investigation chemistry, robotics, genetics, human biology and child psychology.

During today's ceremonies, students and faculty presented robotics and chemistry demonstrations along with various research projects. Donors recognized for the contributions that added technology and innovative programs for students and faculty included: Chevron, State Farm, Wells Fargo, Oxy of Elk Hills, Aera Energy, Work Force Staffing, Ben H. and Gladys Arkelian Foundation, Ben and Gayle Batey, Plains Exploration & Production Company, and Harry and Ethel West Foundation.

The 54,651 square-foot building, which broke ground July 11, 2006, was funded by Proposition 55 bond money, the statewide bond issue passed by California voters in March 2004. Bakersfield contractor S.C. Anderson Inc., was awarded the $19.5 million contract. The designers of the project, STUDIOS Architecture of San Francisco, and the contractor worked jointly on the plans for the structure.

Construction was complete in January and the facility was open for some classes in the spring quarter.

CSUB's first science building opened in fall 1972; Science II opened in fall 1975.