RIC awarded more than $400,000 to renovate chemistry facilities

RIC awarded more than $400,000 to renovate chemistry facilities

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island College has been awarded a $455,550 grant from the Champlin Foundation to renovate the Instrument Room and chemistry teaching labs in the John Clarke Science Building.

The grant is the largest Champlin grant in the college’s history.

“In our commitment to maximizing impact in the community, we see great value in supporting high achievement in STEM-related fields,” said Keith Lang, executive director of the Champlin Foundation. “This grant will enable Rhode Island College students to develop and apply advanced chemistry skills and knowledge as an engine to help drive the economy in the state and region.”

The project involves the renovation of more than 2,500 square feet: the Instrument Room, which will be enlarged to include nearly $300,000 in state-of-the-art scientific equipment; chemistry teaching labs and a computer lab, which will be reconfigured into a wet lab for analytical, physical and environmental chemistry and into a multifunctional chemistry teaching lab.

In addition, a research space will be constructed, and several class locations shifted to provide the maximum learning space for students. These changes will benefit 1,000 students who take chemistry classes each year.

The total cost of the renovations is estimated to exceed $1.5 million. Champlin Foundation funds will underwrite the cost of architectural and engineering services, four scientific instruments, 24 laptop computers and a laptop storage/charging station. The college will contribute the remaining costs.

This is the ninth grant the Champlin Foundation has awarded Rhode Island College since 2007, totaling more than $1.9 million.