Proposed Center for Science and Technology receives $1 million donation

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Proposed picture of the new Center for Science and Technology.

The Center for Science and Technology, which will replace the Argyros Forum parking lot and tennis courts, received a $1 million donation from Microsemi Corporation toward its construction.

On its current schedule, preparations for the center’s construction will begin by the end of the semester and is set to open by the fall of 2018.

“We have vibrant, growing science programs that require a modern facility in order to continue their expansion,” Andrew Lyon, dean of Schmid College of Science and Technology, wrote in an email.

Chapman’s science undergraduate population has increased by more than 300 percent over the last few years.

“To accommodate that growth, the new center will provide outstanding space for student learning and research, thereby further enriching and expanding the science experience at Chapman,” Lyon wrote.

The donation from Microsemi Corporation, which manufactures power-related products, is part of the $130 million budget for the science center.

“Microsemi has been a partner and adviser in the growth of the sciences here at Chapman, with a particular focus on computer science and software engineering,” Lyon wrote.

The new center will consist of all of the programs that are currently offered in the Schmid College of Science and Technology. The 90,000-foot building will house 18 teaching laboratories, 24 research laboratories, 47 faculty offices and a large area for student study and collaboration space, according to Lyon.

“In addition to Schmid majors, undergrads from Crean College and those students who are part of our new school of pharmacy’s accelerated program will also be utilizing the space,” Lyon wrote.

Lyon predicts that, besides the Leatherby Libraries, the center is likely to be one of the most-used facilities on campus.

“The center offers unprecedented opportunities for learning across a wide range of science disciplines,” Lyon wrote. “I am particularly excited about leveraging those opportunities to weave that interdisciplinary through the entire existence of science majors here at Chapman.”

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