$25M Science Center Breaks Ground at Johnson C. Smith University
- Oct 26, 2012
By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor
As Charlotte continues to grow, so do its educational facilities. A prime example of this is Johnson C. Smith University, which has just broken ground on a new 62,000-square-foot science center. The project is funded by a $25 million Duke Endowment grant.
The new facility will be located on campus between the James B. Duke Memorial Library and the Jane M. Smith Memorial Church, and at three stories tall and 62,000 square feet in surface area, it will be the largest building on campus. The science center will house a 250-seat lecture hall/auditorium, a common atrium, teaching labs and offices. Gantt Huberman Architects are responsible for the design.
In a press release, Dr. Ronald L. Carter declared: “The JCSU leadership has worked for months with architects to create an optimal learning environment for interaction among students, faculty and visitors.”
Programs to be housed in the new teaching facility will be part of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and will include electronics, cyber security, robotics, medical and bioinformatics, renewable energy and homeland security, analytics, and bioinformatics. Thanks to the facility’s size, the university will be able to increase admission numbers from 300 to 450 students by 2016.
Furthermore, the center will also be available for community uses such as STEM summer camps, think tanks, training and mentoring.
The Science Center is the university’s second major expansion project this month after the early October inauguration of the $25 million Mosaic Village student housing in Charlotte’s historic West End neighborhood.
Located at 1635 West Trade St., the 124,000-square-foot building contains 80 apartment-style units designed to house 300 students, as well 7,500 square-feet of street-level retail space and a parking garage. Units rage from two-bedroomers to four- and five-bedroom apartments and are fully furnished.
Some of the amenities available onsite include in-suite washer/dryers, in-suite kitchens, study rooms, gym facilities and sitting areas, as well as a rooftop garden with sweeping views of Uptown Charlotte. The retail space comprises a convenience store, an express restaurant and a barber shop.
Mosaic Village was funded by a public-private partnership between Johnson C. Smith University, the City of Charlotte and the Griffin Family of Griffin Brothers Tires Inc. Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University integrates liberal arts with science, technology and business studies in 23 fields of studies offered to over 1,600 students.
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