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Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation

About the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation

"The future of life sciences is here in Massachusetts. We have the talent. We have the entrepreneurial spirit. Now let's seize the future." - Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, October 4, 2013

Students gather in the Feigenbaum Center for Science and InnovationThe Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation at MCLA prepares students to enter the research pipeline and the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce. Completed in 2013, the Center features state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, research and presentation spaces, a greenhouse, a photovoltaic solar array, a rooftop classroom and outdoor instruction areas.

The 65,000-square-foot Center provides a space to foster integrated, research-intensive curricula and hands-on discovery, acts as a regional science resource center for the community, K-12 educators and students, and the community college, and offers state-of-the-art laboratory, teaching, office, and meeting spaces.

  • Senior MCLA officials with shovels at ground breaking
  • Workers on beams putting up Christmas tree and American flag
  • Skeleton of building without facade
  • Exterior facade being put up on FCSI
  • Ribbon cutting ceremony
  • Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation nestled in North Adams, Massachusetts

The Center is also a central location for MCLA's STEM programs. The demand for educated workers in the fields of biotechnology, nanotechnology, engineering and health care have reached an all-time high, and a third of MCLA students major in a STEM field. MCLA is dedicated to contributing to the development of a robust pipeline of talent to ensure Massachusetts retains its position as a leader in scientific innovation and research.

The Center is named for Dr. Armand V. Feigenbaum and his brother, Donald S. Feigenbaum, who founded and led the General System Company, a worldwide leader in the field of Total Quality Management. The Feigenbaum Foundation’s $5 million pledge—the largest in the College's history—established a new endowed fund that focuses on innovation and leadership.

Professor in lab with studentsIn September 2016, MCLA announced that the Center was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED certification is awarded based on grading in the following categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation and design.

You can explore the Center for Science and Innovation via this photo gallery.

Feigenbaum MCLA Lead Initiative

Related Links

Berkshire STEM Pipeline

Einhorn, Yaffee, Prescott (EYP)

MCLA Berkshire Environmental Resource Center (BERC)

MCLA Regional Science Resource Center

Press Releases

LEED Gold Certification
The Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

National Science Foundation Grant
MCLA has received an $810,876 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a collaborative venture with North Adams Public Schools and Williams College.

MCLA Receives NSF Grant for STEM Majors
MCLA has received a National Science Foundation Scholarship in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) grant for $639,826 to fund scholarships for STEM majors.

'It is easy to make connections'
In addition to her biology major, the allied health concentration program is preparing Susan Bloom '16 for graduate school and the next step toward her career.

Press Coverage of 2013 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Berkshire Eagle

North Adams Transcript