Posted on | August 5, 2011 | Comments Off
A blessing and dedication was held on Aug. 2 for Hilo’s new Sciences and Technology Building. The $25 million building, spans more than 42,000 square feet and features classrooms, office space and new state-of-the-art laboratories for Hilo’s expanding physics, astronomy and chemistry programs. Key features include an auditorium that seats in excess of 140, along with smaller rooms of 60 and 24 seats.
“This facility will complement the Big Island’s living, learning laboratory by significantly enhancing student learning, teaching and research,” says Chancellor Donald Straney. “It will also attract scholarly teachers and researchers, which will encourage public and private agencies to partner with us to develop joint research and educational initiatives.”
In addition to the tenant programs, the building’s facilities will accommodate classes in biology, math, geography, history and communication. Based on projections, the building will serve more than 1,700 students in various classroom venues daily.
“This is a game changer for the programs that will take up residence in the new building,” says College of Arts and Sciences Dean Randy Hirokawa. “Their growth helped fuel our enrollment gains dating back to the late 1990s. Now they will have the state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories they need to not only maintain their level of excellence, but step up to the next level.”