TURLOCK — Just in time for the first day of spring semester classes, California State University, Stanislaus, reopened the Science I building, one of the oldest on campus.
The building has been closed for two years for an extensive, $18 million seismic retrofitting and renovation project.
Workers completely remodeled the interior, adding eight classrooms and an open computer lab to the original floor plan, Stanislaus State said in a news release.
The building will house the departments of mathematics, philosophy and modern languages, as well as the School of Nursing, with its new simulation lab designed to help train student nurses.
In science, we are always looking forward, Reza Kamali, dean of the College of Science, said in the release. Students want to see advancement, and this building represents that. The nursing simulation lab, in particular, will offer our students an experiential learning environment that mirrors real-life clinical training to help them transition into professional practice.
Officials also lauded changes to the buildings energy efficiency. Workers installed solar panels on the roof; they are expected to provide electricity for the building outside of heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Skylights and new windows were added to provide more natural light.
On the outside, the building got a new paint job, as well as new ramps and handrails. The new layout provides larger open spaces and seating areas with power supply connections built into tables, making it more inviting and functional for students, faculty and staff, the university said.
Students in the department of mathematics will have access to six bookcases full of texts, journals and other resources, with enough tables and chairs to provide a quiet group-study area for as many as 16 students.
Math students who form study groups tend to perform better in classes than those who study on their own, department Chairman Tom Abram said in the news release. Science I now provides opportunities for our students to form several different study groups within close proximity of the math department faculty.