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Renovating the Science Building: a faculty perspective. Renovating the Science Building. Departments currently in building: Biology Chemistry Earth Sciences and Science Education Physics Other programs: Great Lakes Center Environmental Toxicology Labs Physical Geography labs

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our science building is multidisciplinary
Departments currently in building:

Biology

Chemistry

Earth Sciences and Science Education

Physics

Other programs:

Great Lakes Center

Environmental Toxicology Labs

Physical Geography labs

McNair Program

Upward Bound program

New York State Health Department

Specialized Facilities :

HIPERC

Science Education Center

Planetarium

Small Animal Facilities

Greenhouse

Radioactive Materials Storage

Volatile Chemical/ Gas Storage

Potential additional occupants:

Mathematics Department

would allow for more meaningful interactions with the sciences

Animal Behavior labs from Psychology Department

near small animal facilities that are shared with Biology

Requires construction of additional space

Our Science Building is Multidisciplinary
the current state of our building a brief tour
The current state of our building- a brief tour…

1960’s “wedding cake design”

Lobby is dark and uninviting

Long, dark, univiting hallways

1960’s style classrooms

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Faculty offices are behind labs or other offices

Teaching labs are in poor condition

Student Lounge

Student Lounge/Computer lab

Classroom redeployed as computer lab/club

30 years worth of wear and tear

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The renovated science building must provide modern spaces that allow programs to offer a pedagogically sound, modern learning experience for the next 25-30 years

  • Spaces must accommodate both traditional methods and new pedagogies for teaching math and science
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BSC Science Building needs modern ventilation/hood systems to support teaching science and doing research
  • Modern chemistry instructional labs require one hood per student and clear lines of sight
  • Molecular Biology and Anatomy labs need good ventilation
  • Geology/geochemistry often requires ventilation

Current Ventilation System in BSC Anatomy Lab

the science building requires air conditioning and climate control
The Science Building requires air conditioning and climate control
  • Many programs run all summer
    • Faculty Research programs
    • Undergraduate summer research
    • Upward Bound
    • Physics Alternative Certification
    • Professional development programs
  • Scientific instrumentation and computers often willnot function above 78-85ºF
  • Some instrumentation dumps heat into the space compounding the problem
  • Building is currently too hot to grow yeast (requires 80ºF )

BSC Research lab retrofitted for summer research

corridors in building should be comfortable and inviting
Corridors in building should be comfortable and inviting

Spaces with light and seating encourage students to spend time in the building

Students who have a sense of belonging are more likely to be retained

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Modern science buildings incorporate spaces that bring people together and encourage interdisciplinary activities
  • An atrium brings people together
    • Facilitates faculty-faculty, student-student, and faculty-student interactions
    • Can serve as a forum for poster sessions, science and math open houses, etc.
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Open stairways, clear site lines, and conversation nooks bring people together and encourage interdisciplinary activities
we need a building that gives buffalo state sciences a public face
We need a building that gives Buffalo State Sciences a public face
  • A facade that reflects the excellence in teaching and scholarship within
  • An atrium can make a big impact both inside and outside the building
building elements should advertise who we are
Building elements should advertise who we are
  • Building artwork can:
    • advertise our programs and research projects
    • acknowledge our many community partnerships
      • Great Lakes Consortium
      • Zoo
      • Science Museum
      • Educational partnerships with the public schools
  • Windows provide insight into how science is done
consider the advantages of a state of the art planetarium
Consider the advantages of a State-of-the-art Planetarium
  • would give Buffalo State Sciences a higher profile, public face
  • would further strengthen our ties to the public schools
  • Dickenson Science Building Planetarium and Observatory
    • -separate entrance to serve public access needs
fnss science building planning committee
FNSS Science Building Planning Committee:

We invite you to visit the building and

welcome your comments

Kim Bagley - Chemistry (Chair)

Don Birdd-Science Education

Lisa Brooks - Psychology

Mike DeMarco - Physics

Kim Irvine- Geography and Planning

Harish Sikka - Great Lakes Laboratory

Gary Solar - Earth Science

Greg Wadsworth- Biology

David Wilson - Mathematics

To arrange a visit call 878-5933