Under Construction: Elms College Center for Natural and Health Sciences, Chicopee

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Elms College Center for Natural and Health Sciences, a $13.5 million five story, 22,000 square foot facility designed to complement the traditional architecture of adjacent buildings at the heart of the campus will open in January 2014.

The firm of Juster, Pope, Frazier, LLP is the project architect, Arcadis US is providing construction management services with Western Builders, a subsidiary of the O’Connell Companies of Holyoke, as general contractor.

Once done, the building will have eight laboratories, plus research, clinical, and classroom space for existing programs in biology, chemistry, and nursing. The space is designed to encourage new collaborations between academic disciplines, including innovative programming in nursing informatics and health information technology and advanced research into the interface of molecular biology, mathematics, and environmental science. The simulation laboratory will be utilized by a number of academic disciplines, bringing our health professions together for interdisciplinary instruction.

The first floor will include the computer information technology lab and a hi-tech, forty-nine student stadium-style lecture hall.

The second and third floors will house the biology and chemistry laboratories.

Each floor will include an eight-student advanced level laboratory, as well as a sixteen student introductory level laboratory. In addition, significant laboratory prep and storage space will be provided.

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