Hope Wants To Keep Science Lead

    HOLLAND — Hope College announced this week that its new science center addition will open with the start of the 2003-2004 academic year.

    The addition — which contains classrooms and labs as well as administrative spaces — will double the size of the college’s Peale Science Center that this year is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

    And with the opening of the center’s new section, work will begin on renovation of the original Peale building. That second and final phase of the $36 million project is scheduled for completion for the 2004-2005 school year.

    The cost of the renovation comprises about $10 million of the overall expense.

    Hope says the project is the largest in the school’s history and is a major component of its $105 million fund-raising campaign entitled, “Legacies: A Vision of Hope.”

    When the science expansion and renovation projects are complete, the center will house Hope’s departments of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, geology, environmental science, nursing and psychology.

    The college says the center will serve not only as an instructional facility, but also as a place where it can continue to emphasize collaborative student-faculty research as a teaching model.  Business Journal readers may recall a story last year about a Hope faculty member and student collaborating with Spectrum Hospital on the use of hyaluronic acid to mitigate inflammation in arthritic knees

    Such projects not only verse students in the discipline of scientific thinking, but also habituate them to the exacting protocols of laboratory procedures, which — according to researchers at the Van Andel Institute — is a key prerequisite for entry-level employment in actual research.

    The approach to science training also helped Hope earn a fourth-place tie nationally in U.S. News and World Reports’ listing of America’s Best Colleges 2003. 

    The college notes that it has consistently received more National Science Foundation grants for undergraduates than any other liberal arts college. A report from the foundation placed Hope in the top 25 undergraduate colleges as a source of future Ph.D. recipients in the sciences and engineering — and in third place nationally in chemistry.

    The Peale building addition, according to Hope, is consistent with the college’s intent to retain its reputation as ranking at or near the top in scientific education among small liberal arts schools.

    Ballinger & Associates, of Philadelphia, and Jickling Lyman Powell Associates, of Troy, are the project’s architects.

    The construction manager is Granger Construction Co., based in Lansing. 

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