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The Voice - Student Newspaper

New Life Science building has latest technology

By Mary Allan
Reporter, The VOICE

Celebrations were in order at Glendale Community College (GCC) for the completion of the Life Science Building.

Photo by Mary Allan/ The VOICE

The ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 14 marked the opening of the Life Science building for the Fall 2009 term.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Jan. 14, 2009. The occasion was attended by students, faculty, staff, and community members.

The two building projects are part of GCC's master plan that was funded by a bond election in 2004.

The Life Science building will house the three life science departments: Biology, Psychology and Nursing. Standing three stories high and 63,000 square feet wide, this structure was designed by Gould Evans architects and built by DPR Construction.

The new facility will include lecture classrooms, science and nursing observation pods, biology labs, a vivarium (animal lab), green house, faculty offices. There is an open second floor mezzanine that overlooks the new Life Sciences Café. President Green was one of the keynote speakers at the opening, she commented on today's festivities.

"This building has the latest and greatest uses of technology and resources for all our students and I cannot wait to hear the comments from them," Green announced.

One of the architects, W. Bradley Land, talked about one of the energy conservation elements incorporated into the construction the Life Science building.

Every faculty office faces outdoors to a covered walkway and offers a beautiful view; also the office has an 18in. panel of glass, called a clear story window, over the door. This results in energy conservation because the offices are naturally lit.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was held in the front courtyard west of the building.

After the ceremony a hors d'oeuvres and dessert buffet was served. Tours of the progress of the art building was offered.

This new building is another example of dedication to the educational life of the Glendale Community College student and the forward thinking vision of the administration.

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