Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation
On Friday, Oct. 4, colleagues, friends, supporters, and community members attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly named Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation on the MCLA campus.
The Center's new name was revealed at Friday's ceremony, in addition to the news that the College received a $5 million pledge - the largest in the College's history - to Sowing Seeds for Success: The MCLA Campaign for the Future.
The pledge establishes a new endowed fund that focuses on innovation and leadership in honor of Dr. Armand V. Feigenbaum and his brother, Donald S. Feigenbaum, who passed away earlier this year. The Feigenbaums founded and led the General System Company, a worldwide leader in the field of Total Quality Management.
In addition to bringing together the community in celebration of this historic achievement - the College's first new academic building in nearly 40 years - Friday's festivities also included the installation of a new panoramic painting by world-renowned artist and MCLA honorary degree recipient Stephen Hannock.
Also installed in the center is "The Evolution of Flight," a series of ten oil paintings donated to the College and the Center by MCLA professor and artist Gregory Scheckler.
Following the ceremony, a distinguished panel of MCLA science alumni presented "Science Beyond the Classroom," in the Center for Science and Innovation auditorium.
Thanks to the shared vision and efforts of countless friends and supporters on campus, in the community, in the legislative delegation and in other state offices and agencies, who all offered their tireless advocacy and support, the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation will engage our students, enable our faculty to do their best work and serve as a source of pride to our community.
An up close view taken in December of the progress being made on the Center for Science and Innovation.
On September 13, MCLA held a commemorative "Topping Off" ceremony to mark the last piece of steel being raised into the frame of the Center for Science and Innovation.
The ceremony was a time to recognize all who had a stake in the development of the Center.
Those in attendance included legislators, faculty, staff, students, members of the Board of Trustees, business leaders and many more. Friends and partners had an opportunity to sign their name to the final beam before it was hoisted.
About The Center
The Center for Science and Innovation at MCLA will prepare students to enter the research pipeline and the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce. This project will:
Foster integrated, research-intensive curricula and hands-on discovery.
Provide a regional science resource center for the community, K-12 educators and students, and the community college.
Offer more than 60,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratory, teaching, office, and meeting space.
In October 2011, MCLA celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Center for Science and Innovation. This 65,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will foster new opportunities for collaboration and new ways of engaging students.
The Center for Science and Innovation will serve as a central location for all of MCLA's science and related programs. The demands for educated workers in the fields of biotechnology, nanotechnology, engineering and health care have reached an all time high.
According to MCLA President Mary K. Grant, "The College is thrilled to take the next step toward realizing this new building and the educational and economic benefits it will provide for the Berkshires."
The Center also will serve as a community resource and will contribute to developing a robust pipeline of talent, to ensure Massachusetts retains its position as a leader in scientific innovation and research.