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GVSU unveils $55M science facility

Hilary Farrell

 A new $55 million science-driven facility is open for students and faculty at Grand Valley State University.

The P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science will house the university’s Cell and Molecular Biology programs, along with other departments and research fields.

GVSU Provost Gayle Davis says the space allows the university to expand current course offerings, which benefits students pursuing science-related careers as well as other degree fields.

“Those who major in the sciences (benefit), of course," she says. "But in keeping with our liberal education philosophy, nearly every student here will benefit from this additional space.”

Building namesake P. Douglas Kindschi is a former dean of the School of Science and Mathematics, longtime professor, and current director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute.

He says he’s proud of the growth he’s seen and experienced in his nearly 40 years at GVSU.

“To help a university go from 5,000 to 25,000 students," Kindschi says, "is an opportunity that few in academe have enjoyed."

The 151,720 square-foot building includes close to 30 teaching and research laboratories, a computational research facility and a multi-climate greenhouse.

Fall classes begin next week.

Hilary is a General Assignment and Enterprise reporter for WGVU Public Media. She joined WGVU in September 2014 after several years of experience as a local news reporter, anchor and photojournalist in Midland, Saginaw and Bay counties. She's also worked as a financial and business reporter and audio field producer.
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