By Bryan Hay

On schedule and soon to take shape, Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center is entering a new phase with the arrival of a massive crane and the first pieces of structural steel at the Anderson Courtyard construction site.

Deliveries of steel, in lengths ranging from 24 inches to 54 feet, and precast panels will be made once or twice a week through July.

Workers bring in a beam through a crane at the site of Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center.About 3,860 pieces of structural steel, fabricated into approximately 1,365 pieces for installation, will provide the framework for the building. A beam-signing ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 10.

The $75 million Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center, the largest capital project in Lafayette’s history, is named for S. Kent Rockwell ’66, one of the College’s most generous benefactors.

The 103,000-square-foot, five-story building on Anderson Courtyard will bring together biology, computer science, and environmental science and studies, along with additional space for neuroscience, and will be connected to Acopian Engineering Center. Kunkel Hall, home to the biology department, will be repurposed following the department’s move into the new building, as will the fifth floor of Acopian, current home to the computer science department.

Lafayette’s IDEAL Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship also will be based in Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center along with the Daniel and Heidi Hanson ’91 Center for Inclusive STEM Education and unplanned spaces for future academic growth. RISC is scheduled to open for fall semester 2019.

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