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Ferrum College celebrates the completion of new science wing
Addition to Garber Hall welcomes students back to campus
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Courtesy Photo: Ferrum College celebrates an addition to Garber Hall, home of the college’s School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Ferrum College students arriving on campus last week for the start of the spring semester were welcomed by an addition to Garber Hall, home to the college's School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The three-story space features a 40-seat classroom, a chemical synthesis laboratory and preparation room, and a cellular and molecular biology and biochemistry laboratory and preparation room.

The work included renovations to the existing microbiology laboratory. Langseth Engineering of Lynchburg and Price Building Inc. of Rocky Mount were the area firms involved with the project.

The addition also includes a demonstration "green roof" on a walk-out portion of the second floor. Horticulture students will have the opportunity to cultivate plants and trays for use on the roof, and environmental science students will be able to see first-hand the application of green building techniques.

"Ferrum's commitment to the sciences is long-standing, and we are extremely thankful to the Tobacco Commission and the Cargill Foundation," said Ferrum College President Jennifer Braaten. "Our students and faculty now have the opportunity to work, learn and study in new and renovated laboratory and classroom space using state-of-the-art technology and equipment."

"Over the last few years, we have made other significant improvements and acquired additional equipment for Garber in continuing recognition of the national emphasis on the STEM fields -- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," Braaten added. "This new wing is the capstone of these efforts."

Jason Powell, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, expressed his enthusiasm and that of the faculty for the addition.

"The new and renovated spaces and new equipment dramatically increase our capacity to offer state-of-the-art laboratory instruction for upper-level science courses," said Powell, who also noted last year's renovation of two of the laboratory spaces used for teaching introductory science laboratory courses. "All these improvements allow us to increase the quality of experiential education that we are committed to providing our students in the Ferrum College School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics."

The new science wing was dedicated Tuesday afternoon. Funding for the project was provided by the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission and additional support from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

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