Kennesaw State University breaks ground on $21 million science lab addition

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Kennesaw State University breaks ground on $21 million science lab addition Construction of 5-story…

Georgia (Mar 18, 2011)Kennesaw State University breaks ground on $21 million science lab addition

Construction of 5-story, state-of-the-art facility will support program expansion

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KENNESAW, Ga. – (March 18, 2011) — Kennesaw State University broke ground today on a new facility dedicated entirely to scientific teaching and research. The $21 million KSU Science Lab Addition will enable the university to expand course offerings and increase research opportunities for students and faculty.

“The KSU Science Lab Addition is vital to the success of our College of Science and Mathematics, which is quickly becoming one of Georgia’s outstanding science institutions,” said KSU President Daniel S. Papp. “The research and learning opportunities this will provide for our faculty and students will help catapult us into the national arena as a major contributor in biological, chemical and biotechnology research,” Papp stated.

The five-story, approximately 73,000-square-foot facility, which will connect with the existing science building, will contain high-tech biology and chemistry labs, plus faculty and administrative offices and an atrium.

Additionally, the building will have ample space to accommodate specific teaching and research needs. For example, one floor will be dedicated to teaching labs, while another two floors will be for labs designed especially for faculty and graduate research.

“The prospect of having the necessary laboratory space we need to expand research that will open new doors for our students and faculty has the entire College of Science and Mathematics buzzing,” said Ronald H. Matson, interim dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. “Also, the reaction to the architectural renderings from our students, alumni, faculty and staff has been phenomenal.”

 It is projected that Georgia will add more than 18,600 new jobs over the next six years in the sciences and technology.

In the past, the lack of lab space has severely limited KSU’s ability to offer specialized courses in areas to support the state’s pharmaceutical and biomedical industries — a strong area of emphasis for KSU. In addition, the new lab will enable the college to expand its master’s offerings with two anticipated degrees in integrative biology and chemical sciences.

“This new science lab facility will also enable us to provide an environment of effective collaboration and the academic components necessary for future flexibility within our programs,” added Matson.

The architectural firm of Perkins + Will designed the project, which is expected to achieve Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification. The building will be constructed by Choate Construction Company over the next 18 months.  

KSU’s College of Science and Mathematics consists of the departments of biology and physics, chemistry and biochemistry, computer science and information systems, and mathematics and statistics. In 2010, college faculty brought in $1.88 million dollars of external grants including several from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Some of the projects funded by these awards center around providing a better understanding of the biochemical mechanisms associated with human health and diseases.


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KennesawState University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 23,400 students from 142 countries.



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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit