The University of Rhode Island held a ceremonial groundbreaking to mark the beginning of construction on a $68 million Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences. The center is viewed as a key component in further strengthening the University's leadership position in the health and life sciences and important to building the state's knowledge economy.
Funded in large part by a $61 million bond issue approved by Rhode Island voters in the 2010 election, the project also includes private fundraising efforts. The center will serve more than 7,000 URI students who take chemistry each year; about 40% of all URI degree programs require at least one chemistry class. The new building will provide chemistry instruction to 1,400 students a day.
"We are grateful to the people of Rhode Island for having the foresight to support a project that is directly related to the kind of economy we are trying to build in the state," said URI president David Dooley. "This facility will be a cornerstone of discovery and innovation and, in turn, economic vitality for Rhode Island."