Pitt-Greensburg unveiled its new Life Sciences Building

Pitt-Greensburg unveiled its new Life Sciences Building

by admin January 18, 2023 January 18, 2023 No comments

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg celebrated the new year with the opening of its Life Sciences Building during a Jan. 12 ribbon-cutting in partnership with the Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce.

Construction on the two-story, 32,085-square-foot building began in September 2021 and was completed in December 2022. The $19.5 million structure is connected through a new chemistry wing to Smith Hall, which has served as the center for science-related education since its construction in the 1970s. The new Life Sciences Building, designed by Pittsburgh-based MCF Architecture, will house nursing, health science, biology, microbiology and chemistry labs, as well as faculty offices and shared study spaces.

The new facility features seven laboratory spaces that science, nursing and nonscience disciplines will use: an anatomy and physiology lab, a general biology lab, a microbiology lab, an analytic chemistry lab, a general and advanced chemistry lab, an organic chemistry lab, and a chemistry prep space and research area for faculty. These will be coupled with a conference room, student study spaces and lobbies that lend themselves to study and conversation. Thanks to the generosity of the Elliott Group, study spaces and the lobbies on the first and second floors will bear its name. A third study space on the first floor is named the Dr. Guy M. and Nada L. Nicoletti Study Space. Two other study spaces will be named the Greensburg Foundation Family of Funds of The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County Study Spaces.

“The laboratories in the new Life Sciences Building will greatly expand our teaching and research capabilities in the sciences,” said Gregerson. “The design of the Life Sciences Building provides students with numerous studying and gathering spaces on both floors that are comfortable and highly functional. We have also included outdoor seating that will be very attractive to students during the warm weather months. The design includes very large windows that provide an amazing amount of natural light for all rooms, creating a welcoming environment for all who work, study or visit the spaces.”

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