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Roberts Wesleyan begins work on $19M facility

Rochester Business Journal
March 3, 2014

The 40,000-square-foot, two-floor academic building at Roberts Wesleyan College will feature space for science and nursing instruction.

Roberts Wesleyan College broke ground Monday on a $19 million science and nursing building. The facility is to feature new classrooms along with simulated laboratories and an experimental greenhouse.

The 40,000-square-foot, two-floor academic building features space for science and nursing instruction, officials noted. It also will accommodate out-of-market students by being equipped to support online learning and hybrid course delivery.

“This spectacular facility will help us prepare the next generation of science, technology and health care professionals” said John Martin, Roberts Wesleyan College president. “Roberts Wesleyan has seen tremendous growth over the past decade, with no signs of stopping anytime soon.”

The first phase of the project will cost $19 million and connect the facility to the existing Merlin G. Smith Science Center, officials said. SWBR Architects & Engineers P.C, LeChase Construction Services LLC, M/E Engineering P.C. and Passero Associates P.C. are responsible for the building design and construction.

College officials said the building is a key part of a five-year plan aimed at growing enrollment, increasing intellectual vitality, enhancing visibility and strengthening finances.

Construction is expected to be finished in July 2015.

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