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Colby is poised to begin construction on a new science facility this fall, following formal Board of Trustees approval April 14. The 36,400-square-foot building will house the computer science, mathematics and statistics, and psychology departments and will free up space for the Roberts Building to be turned into a residence hall.

The new science building will incorporate elements of Georgian architecture and will provide teaching and research space, including psychology laboratories, computer science robotics laboratories, computer clusters, faculty and staff offices, departmental seminar rooms, and four classrooms. It will be located across the Colby Green from the Diamond Building.

“Breaking ground on this new building on the eve of Colby’s bicentennial signifies not just the College’s commitment to providing the best academic facilities for our students but its strength and growth as Colby enters its third century,” said Colby President William D. Adams.

The science facility will be constructed to LEED certification standards, and this building is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification. Colby currently has six LEED buildings with one pending. The College expects the biomass plant and the museum expansion to be the eighth and ninth LEED buildings.

The move to the new science building will allow for the conversion of the upper floors of Roberts Building from academic and administrative use to student housing. Space in the Seeley G. Mudd Science Building vacated by the Mathematics and Statistics Department will increase teaching and research space for other departments.

The College expects to break ground on the project in the fall of 2012 with completion in spring of 2014.