The Marshall Conant Science Building houses classrooms, laboratories, a lecture hall and a host of modern equipment for Bridgewater State University biology, chemistry and physics students. The science building, which originally opened in 1964, was constructed for 800 students, but now the university has more than 11,000 students and the need for a larger facility. Also fueling the need for a larger, modern science center is the rise in students who want to pursue science-related careers.
Architect firm Payette and Associates designed a new center that will help students pursue careers in medical and dental fields and prepare interested students to enter emerging fields in green chemistry and biochemical industries. The project included a 171,000 square-foot addition, renovation of 43,000 square-feet and demolition of one existing wing of the building.
American Contractors Corp. was selected as the subcontractor to install the acoustical ceiling.
The Marshall Conant Science Building, which will be completed in July 2012, will accommodate lab, teaching, research and instruction space for biological sciences, chemical sciences, computer sciences, earth sciences, geography, math and physics. The goal for this project is to meet L.E.E.D. Silver Certification.