New Science Building Now Open to Students


The most recent installation of Marist’s ongoing improvement project has been revealed—the new Science and Allied Health building. The building was first proposed at the July meeting of the Board of Trustees, and opened officially in January.

Included in the building proposal was the logic behind the creation of the new addition to Marist’s campus. With more demand for healthcare professionals, it was important that Marist provides students with the best opportunities and tools to fill the need.

The new building is home to all of Marist’s existing and proposed science and allied health programs. Inside the stone walls, students find many classrooms and labs with state of the art facilities. Included in classrooms are digital textbooks making it easier for students to read in the lab without having to change gloves as frequently. There is also equipment in the Simulations Suite where students are able to examine “patients” and use mannequins to simulate live trauma experiences.

The building is equipped with extensive mechanical systems in order to provide for the air ventilation and filtration and purified water needs of the many classrooms and labs.

To senior Kiera Egan, the difference between the new facilities and the old labs in Donnelly is significant. “There used to be a lot of sharing labs,” she said. As well as updated classrooms and labs, there is a noticeable difference in lounges and seating areas. “I see a lot of people going there to study now,” said Egan. One drawback to the new building though, is the lack of a café such as the one in Donnelly.

Similar to the Hancock Center, the new building also has a green roof.  A green roof is a roof of a building that is completely or partially covered in vegetation. They are a cost-effective and environmentally conscious way to regulate temperature and reduce storm water runoff.  They provide extra insulation for buildings, retain and naturally filter rainwater, and filter carbon dioxide and pollutants out of the air. Installing a green roof, aside from the environmental benefits, also reduces heating and cooling costs for a building.

On the lower level, the building contains a gross anatomy lab, cognitive computing lab, and exam room spaces for the medical program. The first floor is home to faculty offices for the Physician Assistant program, program spaces, classrooms, a lounge for graduate students, and a new office suite for the Dean of the School of Science. Upstairs, there are biology labs, medical technology spaces, and faculty offices.

There is also space left in the building for future programs such as the College’s proposed Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Along with this potential future program, current Marist students enrolled in the school’s existing science programs also benefit from this new addition to the campus. Marist already has undergraduate degrees in Biology, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Athletic Training, and Medical Laboratory Sciences, and the new Science and Allied Health building is expected to increase opportunities for new and existing science students.

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