Loudoun staff and faculty diligently worked together to ensure that the new science wing would be ready for classes on January 9. The deadline required all parties involved in the project to be committed to collaboration and cooperation.
“This was a monumental effort,” said Sally Wrenn, director of campus operations. “It was inspiring to see people come together with one vision in mind—to educate students.”
The 14,881-square-foot addition to the science building includes four laboratories, two classrooms, 18 faculty offices and a student lounge area.
“A hands-on science facility such as this engages student in the scientific method,” said Dean Joyce Samuels.
“This will give students more opportunities. It not only improves technology, but lab safety, which is very important,” said Kyle Cervantes, biology lab manager.
Staff, faculty, and the FF & E (furniture, fixtures and equipment) committee spent countless hours researching and acquiring quotes so the new wing would be outfitted with innovative equipment and functional furniture.
Purchasing all of the equipment required many individuals to manage an increased workload. Sandy Payne, in the business office, put all equipment purchasing requests into eVa and Jimmy Chung handled additional deliveries. The facilities team, managed by Heidi Phelps, installed equipment and performed some final detail work in the building.