Live Video: Holy Cross to Celebrate Opening of Integrated Science Complex on March 23

Several events are scheduled on March 23 to celebrate the official opening of the Integrated Science Complex, the most ambitious building project in Holy Cross history. Live streaming video of the event will be available on the College Web site.

Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., president of the College; Timothy R. Austin, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College; and Charles “Chick” Weiss, director of grants and corporate and foundation giving, will preside at the special ceremony.

The live streaming will begin at 3 p.m. with a guided tour of the complex. Immediately following at 4 p.m. will be a dedication and blessing ceremony in Swords Atrium.

Innovations in teaching science have long been a hallmark of the College’s undergraduate liberal arts curriculum. The new complex takes those innovations further: uniting student and faculty researchers from across scientific disciplines, as well as stimulating more collaboration and sharing of sophisticated equipment.

Started in spring of 2007, the construction of the $63 million state-of-the-art science complex has resulted in 142,000 gross square feet of new and renovated classroom, lecture, research and laboratory space. Park B. and Linda Smith Laboratories, a new-four-story building that links to other science and social science buildings on campus, opened in January 2009 and a completely renovated Haberlin Hall opened in January. The College is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the buildings.

For more information on the Integrated Science Complex, visit the Celebrating Science Web site.