Pace Begins $7.2 Million Renovation of Dyson Hall Science Labs

Pace University has started investing more than $7 million in renovating the science laboratories on its Pleasantville campus to give students more direct experiences with laboratory research.

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Contact: Cara Cea, Public Information Officer, Pace University, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

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PACE UNIVERSITY BEGINS $7.2 MILLION SCIENCE LAB RENOVATION

Private and state funds will let students be more actively involved in science research

Third largest construction project in Pleasantville Campus history

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, May 29, 2009 – Pace University has started investing more than $7 million in renovating the science laboratories on its Pleasantville campus to give students more direct experiences with laboratory research.

The project reflects the increasing popularity of science majors at Pace, which have grown nearly 40 percent in the last seven years.

The work on Dyson Hall began earlier this month, managed by Pavarini Construction Company, Inc. (http://www.pavarini.com/). The architect is TPG Architecture, LLP (http://www.tpgarchitecture.com/).

The renovation is the third largest construction project to date on the Pleasantville campus and the largest capital investment on the campus since 2002, when the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health, Fitness and Recreation Center was completed.

It is being funded by the Dyson Foundation, the New York State Higher Education Capital Matching Grants program (HECap) and Pace University.

“This funding is accelerating the direct involvement of students in laboratory research,” said Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman. “Students who study here will become tomorrow’s advanced professionals in fields like cancer research and forensics, and be sought after for environmental jobs in business, government, and nonprofit organizations.”

Friedman added: “We are very grateful for the generosity of the Dyson Foundation and the hard work of our state legislators, without whom this would not have been possible.”

Growth of majors. Pace’s core curriculum requires all students to take one science class with a laboratory component, but the recent increases have been among students who pursue science into a full-scale major. Biology has seen the largest growth – by 50 percent.

A major aim of the new design is to integrate laboratory research with other kinds of science learning. New labs will be laid out with this in mind. In addition, a new “gallery mall” will replace a narrow hallway in the current building, offering an enlarged open staircase and areas where students and faculty members can congregate and collaborate.

The facility also will have updated scientific instrumentation and a new library.

Energy efficiency will be increased by new windows, more efficient fume hoods and added insulation in the attic and outside walls.

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