The College of Science and Technology and Temple University will soon break ground for the new, 246,000-square-foot Science Education and Research Center (SERC). See construction progress here.
Located on Polett Walk adjacent to Gladfelter Hall and the Engineering Building, the advanced facility, financed by a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania capital grant and a Temple University bond issue, is schedule to be completed in spring 2014. The seven-story structure will contain laboratory and classroom space to attract talented scholars to CST’s already outstanding research community and provide students with abundant opportunities for exploration and investigation.
Behind its dramatic glass curtain wall, SERC will contain the latest communications, safety, HVAC and other technologies needed for advanced scientific research. The building’s first floor will feature a 420-seat lecture hall, the largest in the college and one of the largest at the university.
The second floor will house teaching labs for the departments of Physics, Computer & Information Sciences (CIS) and Earth & Environmental Science, storage and support areas, and seminar and conference rooms. The third floor will be the new home for CIS, with research labs, break-out rooms, and offices for faculty, postdocs and graduate students. The fourth floor, slated for the Department of Physics, will have a similar layout.
The fifth floor will support interdisciplinary efforts in the fast-growing materials science field and will include level 100 and level 1000 clean rooms, where the concentration of airborne particles is controlled to specified limits. SERC’s sixth floor will offer fully-hooded laboratories and other spaces for the chemistry and biology departments. The Institute for Computational Molecular Biology will be housed on the seventh floor.