First Phase of The Thomas Family Center for Science and Innovation Opens
Science + Research + Innovation = Progress
A new building for BW's Center for Innovation and Growth will help the College spread entrepreneurial thinking across the college curriculum and to blend science and innovation to nurture new business development in the region.
On September 26, 2009 Baldwin Wallace celebrated the opening of The Center for Innovation and Growth which, along with a completely renovated Ward Hall, is the first phase of The Thomas Family Center for Science and Innovation.
The Center for Innovation and Growth focuses on economic development in Northeast Ohio and spreading entrepreneurial thinking across the campus. The physical location is intended to stimulate interdisciplinary collaborative efforts related to science, health care and innovation.
Jim Thomas, his wife Sally and several family members, along with faculty students, alumni and guests, were on hand for the ceremony which coincided with BW's annual Community Day.
In addition to Jim and Sally Thomas, major support for the CIG project was provided by Parker-Hannifin, PNC Foundation, Laura Bickimer '36, Lubrizol, John P. Murphy Foundation, Forest City, Agnes '76, and "Jack" Dover,The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation, Lincoln Electric and Westfield Insurance.
While many colleges and universities have placed campus construction and renovation projects on hold because of today’s uncertain economic climate, Baldwin Wallace University is forging ahead with this dramatic expansion and renovation of its facilities for science and innovation.
"For as long as anyone can remember, Baldwin Wallace University has enjoyed an exemplary record of preparing students in the sciences for careers in research and business, medical school and graduate study," said BW President Richard Durst.
But, just as study in science and technology has changed dramatically, facility and equipment needs have evolved even faster. Factor in the increasing expectations for science, technology and innovation in any plans for Ohio’s economic redevelopment and the need for "facilities that match the quality of the programs they house" becomes compelling.
Still under completion are the Life and Earth Science Building and Wilker Hall. The Thomas Center will feature state-of-the-art laboratories for teaching and research. Laboratories will be reconfigured in a more student-friendly format for chemistry and physics, space for neuroscience will be expanded and individual student project labs will be added in each discipline. McKelvey Auditorium will be razed and replaced with a 9,000 sq. ft., three-story addition to connect and provide access to all of the floors in Wilker and Life & Earth Science.
The $27 millon project was completed in time for fall classes, 2010.
The Thomas Family Center for Science and Innovation is composed of two new additions and three fully-renovated buildings on the North Campus Quad.