Published: Feb 17 2017 12:00AM
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, County Council President Roger Berliner and County Council Education Chair Craig Rice joined Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard in a ceremony marking the opening of the new Science Center West Building Thursday at the Rockville Campus. The 63,000 square-foot building is the capstone of the College's STEM Complex on the Rockville Campus.
"We recognize the importance of Montgomery College; and we need you to help us continue to develop a competitive workforce," said Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett. "Our county is home to leading-edge federal research labs such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Montgomery College, with its strong programs in a variety of STEM fields, is leading the charge in growing that workforce."
Science Center West serves computer science, mathematics and engineering students with state-of-the art technology, bright classrooms, comfortable lounges, and whiteboard-lined nooks for calculating and conversing.
"Our county is proud to have played a major role in the construction of this building and we recognize the importance of STEM education," said the honorable Roger Berliner, Montgomery County council president. "We also know that a 21st century community college serving a 21st century student body needs 21st century facilities. Science and math will always be one of the ties that bind us together and it reinforces humanity's need to satisfy the curiosity of the world we live in."
The third-floor lecture hall seats 100 while the first-floor Ackerman Math/Science Learning Center offers multiple spaces for group and individual tutoring. Glass walkways connect this building to the other two parts of the STEM Complex, Science Center Main and Science Center East. The learning center, which is located at the ground floor of the building, will be officially named for retired Vice President/Provost Dr. Judy Ackerman on March 23.
"We must invest in state-of-the art facilities to help our students succeed," said Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College. "Our students challenged us to create spaces to meet the needs of their evolving pedagogy."
Stantec provided programming, architectural, engineering design and energy analysis and the building was renovated by Grunley Mascaro Construction, LLC.
"For over a decade, we've been proud to serve as architects and engineers in the transformation of Montgomery College's science, engineering, and math complex at the Rockville Campus. It's exciting to see the students engage with the spaces and bring them to life," said Jerry Marinzel, Stantec project manager.