UMD Holds Topping Ceremony For New Science Building
Classes at the Heikkila Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building are expected to begin by the Fall of 2019.
DULUTH, Minn. – Chemistry and biology are two of University of Minnesota Duluth’s (UMD) biggest programs.
In the coming years, the school will have a new state of the art building for future chemists and scientists.
UMD marked the occasion with a topping off ceremony. Just like that the largest structural membrane of the facility was placed on the Heikkila Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building (HCAMS.)
The state funded two thirds of the $42 million price tag and UMD had to come up with the remaining portion of about $14 million.
The building is named after lead donors, the Heikkila family. They had the honor of being the first to sign the beam.
“The students are going to walk into labs on display, so we have a lot of glass in the labs,” said Swenson College of Science & Engineering Dean Andrea Shokker. “The students can see what’s happening, how research is done.”
The old chemistry building is the oldest one on campus, so the new building will provide an updated feel for all students and staff to work.
“We are very much a science school, so having a new facility that is phenomenal for students to learn in as a recruitment entity for us, it really helps students understand that they’ll be getting the best education possible in the newest facility,” said Marketing & Public Relations Director Lynne Williams.
The location of the new science building is the former corner of a parking lot and is expected to all be ready by Jan. 2019. UMD hopes to have the old science building refurbished.