Groundbreaking for URI’s new Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences

At 2 pm on Monday, May 5th, ground was broken at the University of Rhode Island for the new $68-million Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences.

The new 135,000 GSF facility will triple the amount of teaching lab space and nearly double the amount of research lab space, compared with the situation in Pastore Hall. The new building will serve more than 7,000 students, and is largely financed by a $61-million bond issue approved by Rhode Island voters in 2010.

In attendance at the ceremony were Governor Chafee, Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, URI President David M. Dooley and Sean Peters, a URI senior majoring in chemistry and biological sciences who will earn his bachelor’s degree on May 18.

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