Morristown, N.J. (June 11, 2015) – The College of Saint Elizabeth is completing the last phase of the $5.3 million construction project in Henderson Hall which will create optimum learning space for students interested in pursuing the sciences, nursing, foods and nutrition, and health administration.
Phase II of the renovations to the College's biology and chemistry labs has begun with an eye towards completion by December 2015. The construction is planned so as not to hamper the Summer Science Program or any summer and fall classes.
Phase I was completed in 2012 and renovated nine of 20 science labs and classrooms and upgraded the Foods and Nutrition labs. Phase II, which began on May 18, involves gutting the remaining labs, classrooms and offices and outfitting the spaces with the latest in lab equipment and technology, classroom technology, and infrastructure products that will allow for any necessary upgrades in the future. This includes a new lecture classroom that is to be outfitted for flex classes with furniture that can be reconfigured to allow for new learning dynamics based on the course materials and the requirements of the faculty.
"As technology continues to advance, so too, must the education involving the use of technological tools," President Helen J. Streubert says. "In the sciences, the advancements in analytical tools and learning spaces need to be evaluated regularly to offer CSE students the best education to prepare them for their careers. Research is an essential educational tool and the growing science programs will include increased research by our faculty and students."
Phase I renovations were funded by a federal grant and a generous gift from an anonymous alumna. The funding for phase II comes from the State of New Jersey Higher Education Capital Facilities program's General Obligation (NJGO) grant that is part of the referendum bond question, Building Our Future, passed in 2013 by New Jersey voters. The initiative was developed to make sure that New Jersey's public, private, and community colleges remain competitive with out-of-state colleges and keep the brightest and best of New Jersey's students in state for their education and job opportunities. The emphasis focuses on the sciences – especially important for women who remain underrepresented in those fields.