Gov. Charlie Baker celebrates new Physical Sciences Building at UMass

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Governor Charlie Baker was in Amherst on Thursday to celebrate the new Physical Sciences Building at UMass. The Physical Sciences Building will house labs for the University’s Physics and Chemistry departments.

The laboratories will allow cutting-edge learning and research at the new Physical Sciences Building at UMass Amherst. Among those specialized features: foundations not subject to ground vibrations, and work stations that allow the use of certain chemicals. 

One goal is to help further careers in the STEM field. 

Narayanan Menon, head of Physics Department said, “It allows us the type of infrastructure the kind of space to do ambitious experience the things that we couldn’t do in older buildings. This leads to more opportunities for students with more training opportunities. It allows us to go out for federal funding that we weren’t competitive for before.”

Funding for this $100 million project included $85 million from the state and almost $17 million financed by the campus through the UMass Building Authority. 

Gov. Baker spoke at Thursday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony about the crucial role this state of the art building will play in future STEM careers.

“This building along with the other two science buildings really positions the university to continue to be a national and in some instances a global leader in STEM,” said Baker. 

The 95,000 square foot building took three years to build. 

Since it opened this school year, the chemistry and physics departments have been awarded $127 million in grants. The Physical Sciences Building was constructed to focus on saving energy and water.

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