Aquinas Breaks Ground on $32 Million Science Expansion and Renovation

science building and people digging and wearing hardhats
Sister and the "Alburtus Magnus Hall" sign with hard hats and shovels
graphic of the science building

On Thursday, September 21, 2017, faculty, staff, students, alumni and supporters of the college participated in a ceremony to break ground on the college's $32 million expansion and renovation of the Albertus Magnus Hall of Science.

Plans call for construction of a new LEED Silver Certified building to be adjoined to the current facility with a renovation of that building to follow. Upgrades include new modern, flexible laboratories, faculty and student research labs, collaborative student spaces and a three-story glass atrium.

The science facility will house new in-demand programs including Health Science, Geospatial Techniques and Engineering, through the college’s partnership with Western Michigan University. The campaign will also include funding for the Wege Institute for Sustainability and Economicology (WISE).

More information about the college's investment in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can be found here.

"The groundbreaking of our new science building represents a vision to enhance the focus on STEM by investing in the jobs of tomorrow," said Dr. Kevin Quinn, president of Aquinas College. "That’s what our $58 million ‘Contributing to More’ campaign is all about---the future of Aquinas and the impact we can have on our community and the world. We’re grateful for our many friends and supporters who have showed their belief in the direction and vision of the college by supporting this project.”

The new science building is to be named in honor of Sister Aquinas Weber, O.P., currently chancellor emerita, who held an important role in fundraising for the college for many decades. Sister Aquinas was also influential in what would later be named the Eastown Neighborhood Association and Eastown Business Association. She engaged area bankers and business leaders in revitalizing the struggling business district. Her experience there led to her position as the first woman to serve on the Board of Trustees of Old Kent Bank (now Fifth Third Bank).

To see the progress of the Hall being built, click here.

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