Nazareth College Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Integrated Center for Math and Science Building

Friday, September 28, 2012

SWBR Architects is pleased to announce that Nazareth College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, September 27 for their new Integrated Center for Math and Science building.

The $30 million, Peckham Hall, features 20 labs and six classrooms that provide space for math and science students and the growing number of students majoring in health and human service programs.

The 74,000 square foot building is the largest new academic building constructed on Nazareth’s campus since the college opened in 1924. The new four-story facility has a Gothic design to fit in with existing structures but has large windows to give it a modern look.

The new building is named in honor of local businessman Larry Peckham and his wife, Nancy, who gave $2 million for the new facility. Liberal arts and humanities programs continue to be an important part of the Nazareth curriculum but Nazareth President Daan Braveman has said that by opening Peckham Hall, the college is taking steps to train more students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.

With the new building, the college has added a major, toxicology, which studies how materials affect human health. And the college now has its own cadaver lab. Physical therapy, creative arts therapy and nursing are among the most popular health and human service offerings.

The new facility is designed to meet U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver rating standards and includes a rubber roof and other environmental features. Two gardens are on the roof and attached to the building is a greenhouse, which has three climates — desert, sub-tropical and temperate — to grow plants for study and to help with the college’s community outreach.

Burt Hill Inc. of Cleveland and SWBR Architects designed the building. The Nazareth building is among a string of construction projects that SWBR is involved with at local colleges, including: The College at Brockport’s New Academic Building which broke ground earlier this month and the Rochester Institute of Technology’s $50 million Golisano Institute for Sustainability which is under construction.