Rowan University Breaks Ground for the New Science Building

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Rowan University broke ground today for a new $44.2 million,
state-of-the-art science building. The three-story, 150,000?square-foot facility, which is
scheduled to ope

Rowan University broke ground today for a new $44.2 million,
state-of-the-art science building. The three-story, 150,000?square-foot facility, which is
scheduled to open in the fall of 2002, will house the Biological Sciences, Chemistry and
Physics departments, each on its own floor.

The groundbreaking marks the first phase of the University?s $270-million, 10-year
expansion plan introduced by Rowan President Donald Farish in October. The plan calls for
the construction of new buildings and renovation of others; the purchase of property in the
area to expand the campus; an increase in student programs, including new master-level
degree programs; an increase in the number of full-time faculty; and many student initiatives.

The new science building will house a planetarium that will be situated inside a glass atrium.
In conjunction with the planetarium, a 16-inch telescope located on the facility?s rooftop
observation deck will feed live celestial images to the planetarium?s screen as well as to an
Internet site.

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