St. Mary's College starts work on $16 million Science Center

December 27, 1991|By Edward Gunts

St. Mary's College of Maryland broke ground this month for a $16 million Science Center that will help the liberal arts college significantly upgrade facilities for its science programs.

When complete in mid-1993, the building will include laboratories and offices for programs in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics, and courses in astronomy, geology and computer science.

John C. Grimberg of Rockville is the general contractor, and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson of Pittsburgh is the architect. The work is being funded by $12 million in state capital funds and $4 million from college funds and private gifts.

The science center will have two brick buildings designed to fit in with the college's "tidewater village" atmosphere, incorporating elements of 17th and early 18th century buildings in Southern Maryland.

Prominently featured in the design are two sets of paired chimneys that will act as exhaust stacks for laboratories.

Other regional touches include gables, simple wood trim and divided-light windows characteristic of the historic structures in St. Mary's City.

The center also will anchor a new north campus quadrangle that will transform a vehicular crossroads into a pedestrian green space.

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