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Sneak Peek of the Center for Science and Technology

by Rebecca Kielbasa

We met up with Eric Magers, a manager at Clouse Construction Corp and TU alumni class of ‘85, for a sneak peek into the new STEAM Building on campus, slated to open during winter break this year.

The STEAM Building will connect the Hertzer Technology Center and the previous science laboratories into one seamless Center for Science and Technology, allowing students to explore and delve deeper into subjects such as chemistry, biology, forensic and applied sciences, exercise science and health sciences.

The new building features 14 new offices on the back of the building, split between the first and second floors. The offices are equipped with individual climate controls, LED lights and dimmers.

An exercise lab follows after the new offices on the first floor, with the ability to divide into three private examination or stress testing rooms via curtain dividers, with sound dampening panels across the room. More classrooms extend along the first floor, towards the atrium.

The atrium, the primary vantage point of the center from Miami Street, will serve as more study space for the students. Surrounded by transparent glass, the atrium showcases gorgeous views of campus. The atrium will soon be decorated with new lounge furniture, charging stations, vending machines and the TU logo. A second floor level overlooks the atrium, with more extended study space. Outside of the atrium, a new concrete patio will allow for picnic tables and outdoor seating.

On the second floor of the center, three brand new laboratories, connected by large storage rooms and one main hallway, have taken form. All laboratories have student work stations equipped with charging ports and outlets, compressed air and gas valves. Labs also have dishwashers and ice makers. The third lab on the second floor also features two fume hoods, which are ventilated safety enclosures for gases or vapors to be contained.

With new restrooms, including single stalled gender inclusive options, the new building is accessible for all. A brand new elevator is now available to reach all levels of the center.

A vacuum system runs throughout the center and into the labs on the second floor throughout the student work stations. The building also has back-up lights that are battery powered.

For more information on STEAM Programs click here.