Board approves $600k for construction of new biology lab
February 18, 2008 —
SVSU's Board of Control has authorized $600,000 for the construction of a new biology lab during its regular formal session last Monday.
The demand for the lab is an outgrowth of the increased popularity of the health disciplines at SVSU, many of which require biology courses in their programs.
An existing classroom and computer lab will undergo renovation in order to make room for the new lab, which represents the first new construction in Science West in several years.
"It's going to let us teach a lot more of the 111A class," biology professor David Dalgarn said. "That's its main purpose."
The lab that's currently used to teach Biology 111A - a mandatory class for majors and minors in the life sciences, and a common class used for general education requirements - is occupied 40 hours a week.
"The increasing demand for health professionals - or health-related professionals - is matched with increasing demand for courses," said Janalou Blecke, dean of the nursing college.
"We need to support that demand, and this lab will do that, whether it's for basic courses or for the more advanced courses."
Construction is set to begin by this summer.