Last week, Preisdent John DeGioia was joined by Dean Chester Gillis, National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST) Director Patrick Gallagher, and Board of Advisors Chair Alice O’Connor Funk to officially break ground on Georgetown’s new Science Center.
Construction of the Science Center, which is expected to be finished in 2012, was supported by a $6.9 million award granted by the NIST and funded by a federal stimulus program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
In return for accepting the NIST award, the Science Center will become the headquarters of the Institute for Soft Matter and Synthesis.
“As we take Georgetown into its third century, we are laying the foundation for the future with this new building,” DeGioia said during Tuesday’s ceremony. “It will be a place where faculty and students will make new scientific discoveries, engage in world-class research and learn.”
The ground breaking ceremony has been a long time coming—the Office of Zoning approved Georgetown’s construction plans way back in 2007 before the recession hit. But now the money is flowing, the ground is broken, and all will soon be right in the worlds of Georgetown’s science majors.