Two projects in Phase I of the Science Lab Capital Improvements have been completed, construction of the Matthew O. Diggs Laboratory for Life Science Research and the complete rehabilitation of the Brehm Laboratory building.
Brehm Lab Rehabilitation was complete for fall quarter 2007. Included in the initial phase of the science lab renovations, this facility contains a unique teaching facility for the science teacher education program on the first floor. New Chemistry teaching labs have been constructed in the basement and department and research facilities for the Earth and Environmental Sciences are located on the second floor. New student lounges with natural light were also designed into the building, continuing the focus of creation of student interaction spaces within every college. Completion of this signifies the university's commitment to the increasing student residential population.
Two parallel projects were included in Phase II of the lab rehabilitation. The rehabilitation of Biological Sciences II has created research labs for Neuroscience, Cell Biology & Physiology (NCBP) to accommodate research funded through the recent NIH award. The lower level houses Biology research and teaching labs. Construction in Biological Sciences II was complete February 2009. The rehabilitation of Oelman Hall includes upgrades to the building infrastructure and creation of new general classrooms, teaching labs, an Earth and Environmental Sciences computer lab and upgraded Chemistry research facilities. Construction in Oelman began late spring 2008 and the fourth floor renovation was completed early spring 2009 allowing most of the Chemistry research to move to the fourth floor. Work then started on the first and second floors that would house more Chemistry and EES research, teaching labs and 5 general classrooms. All work for the project was complete for winter quarter 2009.
Phase III - Biological Sciences I
The remaining project for the science renovations was Biological Sciences I. This phase began June 13, 2009 and was complete in December 2009. Biological Science I building houses Biology Research and Teaching labs.