Gov. Charlie Baker to Participate in Celebration Ceremony For UMass Amherst’s New Physical Sciences Building on April 4

April 2, 2019  

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When:     Thursday, April 4, 10:30 a.m.

What:      Official opening celebration for $101.8 Million Physical Sciences Building

Who:       Governor Charlie Baker
                UMass President Marty Meehan
                UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy

Where:    Physical Sciences Building
                690 North Pleasant Street
                University of Massachusetts Amherst

Gov. Charlie Baker will celebrate the opening of the new $101.8 million state-of-the-art Physical Sciences Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Thursday, April 4. The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by tours of the facility.

The facility was funded by the state to foster and expand cutting-edge collaborative learning and research at the Commonwealth’s flagship campus. Outstanding physics and chemistry facilities will boost the STEM workforce in Massachusetts and support the state’s innovation economy.

The 95,000-square-foot facility opened this academic year and incorporates the reconstructed West Experiment Station (WES), a 19th century agricultural soils research laboratory and one of the university’s most historic buildings. Funding for the $101.8 million project included $85 million from the state and $16.8 million financed by the campus through the UMass Building Authority.