Phase One of Dyson Hall Renovation Complete
|Dyson Hall is undergoing a major renovation slated for completion by December 2010.|
The first phase is complete on the third largest construction project to date on Pace’s Pleasantville campus: a major renovation of Dyson Hall supported in part by a $5 million grant from the Dyson Foundation. Students and faculty are already using the new state-of-the-art laboratories.
Continuing the late Charles H. Dyson’s legacy to Pace University, the grant was announced in February 2007 by Charles Dyson’s son, Robert R. Dyson, Chairman and CEO of Dyson-Kissner-Moran and President of the Dyson Foundation. Dyson Hall, as well as Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, were named in honor of alumnus and former Pace Trustee, Charles H. Dyson. The project is also supported by a New York State Higher Education Capital Grant for $1.8 million.
The second phase of the construction will occur over the summer in 2010, renovating the lower level of the building, including the Chemistry and Physical Science laboratories. The project is expected to be completed by December 2010.
Integrating Teaching and Research
One of the major aims of the new design is to facilitate the integration of research into the undergraduate curriculum. Another new feature will be an environmental science “suite” that incorporates teaching and research facilities for both undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental and earth science. A new research lab for the Department of Biology and Health Sciences and a new teaching lab for the Genetics and Molecular Biology courses have already been built.
“This funding will allow Pace to improve facilities for our rapidly growing science programs that produce professionals in fields including cancer research, forensics and environmental science,” said Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman. “We are very grateful for the hard work of our state legislators, without whom this would not have been possible.”
|Students, including Briana Hauff, and faculty are already using the new state-of-the-art laboratories, which integrate teaching and research.|
The main architectural feature of the modernized facility will be a new gallery mall with an enlarged open staircase and gathering areas for students and faculty to congregate. This mall will better integrate the two levels of building, providing for greater interchange among the sciences and a more integrated science education experience for students. The facility will have updated experimentation equipment and a new conference room and library. The building support system will be updated including a number of energy efficient enhancements making the building “greener.”
This project continues the fruitful collaboration between the Dyson family and Dyson College of Arts and Sciences in supporting the success of our faculty and students.