Biology students, staff relocated during construction


Brian Carter, a worker for King-Lar Company, fastens a vent in one of the science labs in the Life Science Building.

Adriana Hernandez-Santana, Campus Reporter

Faculty, students and officer workers needed to relocate during the construction of the Life Science Building.

Most of the renovations are considered domestic changes, with workers soon finishing ductwork and starting drywall.

As is, the three floors have been reworked to house construction materials classroom contents.

Marshcelle McCoy, the office manager for the biology department said the staff had to pack everything up and evacuate. 

Students and faculty have had to adjust to the new changes.

“I mean, I think that a lot of the faculty and a lot of graduate students are pretty stressed out, but they’re hanging in there,” Cassie Carpenter, the building coordinator for the project said. “I’ve been impressed with how much they have been able to adapt.

The construction of the Life Science Building was approved in 2009, but due to the change in governors and the budget impasse in 2015, the construction was halted. (Rob Le Cates)

With the construction, classrooms and labs have been gutted, and researchers share accommodations.

“Each bench has two researchers on it. A Lot of these people used to have their own labs, and now have to be in this tiny room together.” Carpenter says. 

The new addition on top, the “penthouse” deemed by workers, new light fixtures, sinks and faucets have been installed.

Adriana Hernandez-Santana is a senior broadcast journalism major. She can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected].