Construction Underway on Biomedical Sciences Hall at Saint Vincent College


Construction began this fall at Saint Vincent College on the $5.3 million James F. Will Engineering and Biomedical Sciences Hall adjacent to the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion.

The Rt. Rev. Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., chancellor, Br. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B., president, Dr. Stephen Jodis, dean of the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing, and Dr. Paul Follansbee, director of the engineering program, were joined by James F. Will, president emeritus of Saint Vincent College, Ralph H. Liberatore, owner of Three Rivers Orthopedic and Spine, Inc., and J. Christopher Donahue, president and chief executive officer of Federated Investors, Inc., and chair of the Saint Vincent College board of directors.

“Building on its historically strong academic programs in the natural sciences, Saint Vincent is targeting the academic fields of biomedical sciences and engineering for future growth and opportunity,” Br. Norman explained. “The initiation of an engineering science degree program and the development of an integrated science major with an allied health concentration, is enhancing our academic excellence while meeting the changing needs of students and of society. This structure will provide state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories to accommodate human anatomy teaching in the biomedical sciences and dedicated space for our growing engineering program.”

“The internationally recognized scientific innovators Herbert W. Boyer and Herman Dupré are graduates of Saint Vincent College,” Br. Norman continued. “Saint Vincent is honored to carry forward the legacy of their scientific accomplishments through the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing and the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion. Affiliation with these scientific pioneers, combined with the teaching excellence of legendary Benedictine faculty such as the late Fr. Joel Lieb, O.S.B., Fr. Owen Roth, O.S.B., Fr. Edward Wenstrup, O.S.B., Fr. Maximilian Duman, O.S.B., and others has significantly elevated the national profile of Saint Vincent and its status as a premier college of the liberal arts and sciences. Contemporary Benedictine science faculty such as Fr. Shawn Anderson, O.S.B., Fr. Albert Gahr, O.S.B., and Fr. Michael Antonacci, O.S.B., will carry that legacy forward.”

“This building will house a human anatomy laboratory that will serve not only pre-med students but those pursuing study in integrated sciences and in the biomedical sciences as well. Our four-year engineering science program, initiated just four years ago, has doubled the number of students studying engineering from 35 to 71, and so one of the floors of this new building will be devoted to that field. This facility will provide the space where young men and women can work in teams with our faculty to develop rigorous creative thinking so that these graduates, imbued with the liberal arts, can serve our world.”

In addition to the human anatomy laboratory, the building will feature two research laboratories, an interdisciplinary classroom and an engineering laboratory. The entire first floor of the building will be dedicated to the human anatomy laboratory and support facilities. The second floor will provide engineering classrooms and laboratories.

The human anatomy laboratory will provide cutting-edge, high-tech facilities for anatomical research. The ultramodern laboratory is designed as a flexible space that can accommodate up to six surgical stations in a simulated operating environment.

The facility will feature advanced audio and video capabilities, including a teaching station equipped with cameras and monitors to enhance instruction.

Support facilities for the human anatomy laboratory will include a technologically-equipped conference room, a lab preparation space, a refrigerated storage area and spacious locker and changing rooms.

In addition to providing education and research opportunities for the college’s undergraduate programs, the human anatomy laboratory also will provide critical resources to fulfill the contemporary training needs of the health professions and medical device suppliers.

Undergraduate students enrolled at Saint Vincent will have the opportunity to work as laboratory assistants in this new endeavor.

The project will build upon the environmental sustainability standards of the original LEED Gold structure and continue to use a geothermal heating and cooling system, LED lighting and have an energy-efficient building envelope. Completion is expected in the fall of 2017.