Fitchburg State University Celebrates Science Complex Dedication
Three years after breaking ground, hundreds gathered on Thursday, May 7 for the dedication of the CBT-designed Antonucci Science Complex. Joined by students, faculty, elected officials and the guests of honor, President Robert V. Antonucci and his wife Jeanne S. Antonucci, the ceremony payed tribute to President Antonucci as he ends his 12-year tenure at Fitchburg State University.
The new $47M, 110,000 SF facility provides students with state of the art laboratory, research, and classroom facilities in a single location. The complex supports the Unviersity's growing science program that has experienced a 70% increase in science faculty and a 300% increase in science major enrollment in the past 12 years.
At the ceremony, Fitchburg Student Robert Pijewski described how the new facilities have enhanced his experiences studying biology and psychology. The science complex is outfitted with equipment that exceeds that found at other institutions, he said.
“I know that when I graduate, I will have skills that other students from other universities won’t have,” he said. “I know that these facilities are going to foster more involvement from the student body in research or pursuing science degrees.
The ceremony included a special video presentation chronicling the years of construction for the 110,000-square-foot complex. Watch the video here.
A gallery of photos from the event can be seen on the university's Facebook page.