Shop Talk: Science at Colgate and Lehigh, Arizona Preservation

Ho Science Center
Colgate U. has opened its new Ho Science Center (Colgate U. image)

Opening: On Saturday, Colgate University celebrated the opening of its new Robert H.N. Ho Science Center. The 121,200-square-foot building cost $56.3-million and was designed by Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott Architects. It houses 40 research labs, 13 teaching labs, seven classrooms, a 90-seat lecture hall, faculty offices, a museum, a greenhouse, and more.

Permission: Lehigh University has won permission from its local planning commission to construct a $55-million, 130,000-square-foot science building, according to the Allentown, Pa., Morning Call. Before the plan was approved, the architects created a computer simulation showing that the four- and five-story building’s shadow would not fall on the rose window of a nearby church during Easter services.

UVM building

Preservation: Fifteen buildings owned by Arizona State University on its Tempe and Scottsdale campuses appear on the Arizona Preservation Foundation’s list of endangered historic places, according to the East Valley Tribune. Preservationists are concerned that the university isn’t committed to saving old buildings, particularly after it demolished a landmark 1962 Valley National Bank branch (above), although it saved the dome for reuse in a park. But Ron McCoy, ASU’s university architect, told the newspaper that ASU agrees with preservationists about the value of buildings on the endangered-places list. Meanwhile, The Arizona Republic says the Valley National Bank’s Modernist branches have left a lasting imprint. (Tempe Historical Society photo)

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