Twenty years in the making, a vision became a reality on Thursday, May 8, as PLNU broke ground on the long awaited science complex on the Point Loma campus.
University President, Dr. Bob Brower, was joined by members of the PLNU Board of Trustees, faculty, students, alumni, donors and community leaders to mark the occasion. With participation from a number of individuals across the PLNU community, the ceremony recognized the success of the sciences at PLNU and the many individuals who have worked tirelessly to see the fruition of the project, including the Sator family, major donors after whom the complex will be named.
The new complex will accommodate the increasing number of students who want to study science at PLNU. “The current Rohr Science Building, built in 1962, is no longer equipped to meet the demands of contemporary science” said Brower. “This new, innovative facility will offer ample space and modern technology to ensure the growth of our program and the success of our PLNU science faculty and students.”
Designed by San Diego based firm, Carrier Johnson + Culture, the 32,900-square-foot science complex will include a two-story laboratory, four attached classrooms, and a rooftop patio that will eventually include an elevated walkway that will connect to the existing Rohr building. The facility will enable the science program to reach new heights with collaborative research opportunities and modern technology to attract quality science faculty and students.
With nearly 40 percent of PLNU’s undergraduate students majoring in one of the science-related disciplines, and all undergraduate students required to complete a laboratory science course during their time at PLNU, the new building is a desirable addition to campus. “Every student at PLNU will benefit from this investment” said Dr. Ken Martin, longtime chair of the chemistry department. “This much-needed facility will better reflect the quality of the faculty and students, further strengthening the undergraduate research programs which offer students the ability to conduct faculty mentored research–a hallmark of the science programs at PLNU”
Thursday’s groundbreaking marks PLNU’s commitment to both current and future students, faculty and the surrounding community as an institution known for excellence in academic preparation, wholeness in personal development, and faithfulness to mission.
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