Undergraduate Science Laboratory building to feature state-of-the-art greenhouse complex
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Undergraduate Science
Laboratory building
to feature state-of-the-art
greenhouse complex


With some well-chosen words from N.C. State University officials and the pouring of about 200 pounds of concrete, the foundation was set for the Undergraduate Science Laboratory building at N.C. State in May.

When its 100,000 square feet are complete, the facility will provide state-of-the-art learning space for more than 5,000 chemistry and physics students and hundreds of students studying in greenhouses. Many introductory science courses and labs will be housed there, a fact that prompted N.C. State Chancellor Marye Anne Fox to call the building “a gateway through which our students will enter an era of scientific discovery.”

Plans for the new facility include 25,000 square feet of new greenhouse space, seven undergraduate physics teaching labs, a physics tutorial center, 14 undergraduate chemistry labs, seven classrooms, 10 faculty offices, lab prep and instrument rooms and other space for study and faculty/student interaction.

The lowest level of the building will be the Horticultural Sciences head house — space that supports teaching greenhouses and includes a horticultural wet lab, a plant pathology lab and work space to support the three teaching greenhouses on the south side of the building.

“Students in several of our disciplines require greenhouse-based courses,” said Dean James L. Oblinger of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “This new complex will provide facilities for use by students in horticultural science, entomology, plant pathology, crop science and soil science. These students will now have the opportunity to study and work in modern, automated facilities that are similar to those they will encounter should they enter a career in our commercial greenhouse and nursery industries.”

The new greenhouses replace the older ones previously located at the Yarbrough Drive and Brooks Avenue site of the new building. Those greenhouses have been moved to the university’s Horticulture Field Laboratory on Method Road.

The new Undergraduate Science Laboratory building is scheduled to open in 2003.

—Terri Leith

 


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