SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Students at San Francisco State University’s College of Science and Engineering (CoSE) can expect a new home for their classes soon enough.
The university is currently under construction of the new Scientific and Technical Innovation Center (SEIC). It is the first new STEM building to be constructed in more than fifty years at SF State, the university said.
The estimated construction cost for the 125,000 square foot science building is approximately $150 million. The Genentech Foundation and other partners have donated over $10 million to support the new building. $25 million in private funds are being used to purchase advanced equipment and tools, the university said.
“The Catalyze the Future campaign builds on our decade-long partnership with SF State by expanding access to the most advanced technologies, facilities and programs to make it easier for students from historically underrepresented communities to earn degrees in STEM fields,” said Allen Napetian, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Genentech Foundation and Vice President, Site Services at Genentech.
“We are already so impressed with the students and faculty at SF State, and now expect the renovations and upgrades supported by this new funding to further improve the educational experience and academic outcomes for students.” , Napetian added. The new Science Building, located along 19th Avenue, will house more than 7,000 CoSE students each year as well as hundreds of general education students.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will be relocated to the new Science Building and will include studio-style classrooms, workstations and research labs. A physical chemistry and chromatography lab will have two mass spectrometers for research, the university said. Facilities for protein crystallography and cold room/culture support spaces for advanced studies of macromolecules should also help the department.
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The new building will also house the school of engineering and will include two manufacturing spaces and a machine shop where students can produce and prototype their own designs and projects, the university said. A robotics and mechatronics laboratory and a technical fluids and process control laboratory are also planned.
Carmen Domingo, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, issued the following statement about the new building:
The new SEIC building will provide students with the quality education and hands-on training needed to meet the new and rapidly changing science and technology needs of the Bay Area and the nation.
The new science building is SF State’s second building to be constructed in more than 25 years. In 2021, SF State opened the new Liberal and Creative Arts Building which houses the Department of Broadcast Arts and Electronic Communication (BECA).
The building is expected to be completed in 2024.