The Center for Science and Innovation, a 60,000-square-foot project that will transform the way science is taught at the University of San Francisco, has cleared significant planning milestones and generated so much donor support that a Dec. 10 ground-breaking has been scheduled. Additionally, a private foundation recently announced a signature commitment of $10 million to help USF build the center.
The Center for Science and Innovation will not only feature a building that transforms the way science is taught at USF, but it will also offer a new student plaza and gathering places for the entire campus community.
"We've been greatly encouraged by the response of major donors, so much so that this long-time dream will become a reality," said USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. The ground-breaking will be followed by excavation in May 2011. Full occupancy of the new building is expected in 2014. USF expects all permitting and contractor selection to be completed by Dec. 31.
"The Center for Science and Innovation will build on USF's long history of ethically based research by adding a more relevant orientation to the sciences," said USF Trustee and Campaign Chairman Steven Read '69. "It will further differentiate our education. I am delighted by the project's new momentum."
With the new pledge from the foundation and other recent gifts to the project, fundraising for the new center has now surpassed $40 million in total gifts and pledges.
In addition to an impressive new structure between Harney Science Center and the newly renovated Kalmanovitz Hall, the project will include the renovation of the existing Harney Science Center and a new plaza that will transform the heart of the USF campus. The Harney renovation will include building upgrades and modernization of classrooms and laboratories. The building has not had any substantive upgrades since it was built in 1965.
"Great gift opportunities continue to be available to donors who share the vision for science and a transformed campus that has attracted more than 2,500 gifts and pledges," said David Macmillan, vice president for University Advancement.
To learn more about the project, please visit the CSI website at www.usfca.edu/csi.