Chemistry Center Takes Shape At URI

Dec 4, 2014

Construction on URI's new Center for Chemistry and Forensic Sciences began in May.
Credit URI

Workers have completed the steel structure and concrete flooring for the new Center for Chemistry and Forensic Sciences at the University of Rhode Island.

URI says crews are now beginning to place bricks on the exterior of the five-story structure, slated for completion in spring of 2016.

The $68 million center was funded largely with a bond issue. When complete, it will provide 135,000 square feet of laboratories, classrooms and offices, nearly doubling the amount of space for chemistry research at URI. 

URI's Chemistry Department has posted live video of the construction, if you want to take a look.

Another building project, the new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender and Queer Center, is also taking shape.

URI officials say the the small center is on track to open in February. They believe it is the first stand-alone university building in the country designed specifically for LGBTQ programs and services.