Williams College Hosts Open House at New Science Building

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., June 6, 2018—Williams College invites the public to an open house at the recently completed South Science Building on Wednesday, June 13, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The new building, located at Walden Street and Morley Circle in Williamstown, provides housing for research and teaching laboratories, shared equipment and shop support spaces, a microscopy suite, and faculty offices for the biology, chemistry, and physics departments.

Visitors to the June 13 open house are encouraged to enter through the building’s main entrance off Bank Street.

Designed by Payette Architects, the South Science Building aims for LEED Gold certification for design and construction. The building has advanced environmental controls that provide temperature and humidity precision required for many research efforts with reduced energy consumption along with the utilization of LED lighting throughout.

“Faculty are thrilled to continue their research in state-of-the-art facilities with ample space for the hundreds of Williams students who participate in faculty-student research every year,” said Chip Lovett, Philip and Dorothy Schein Professor of Chemistry and chair of the Bioinformatics, Genomics and Proteomics Program. “The new building promises to increase interactions between students and faculty from different laboratories and departments in beautifully designed spaces surrounded by stunning vistas of the Purple Valley.”

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Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s 2,000 students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions on U.S. applicants are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.

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