Volume 47, Number 3 - September 21, 2009

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Science Complex

Science Complex Allows for New Opportunities

By Laurie Charles

The new North Campus Science Complex, a 70,000 square foot state-of-the-art building equipped with 40 offices, opened its doors to Miami Dade College faculty and students this fall.

Science labs are being conducted at the site; the official inauguration will take place in January of 2010.

The building will house the natural science department, a botanical green house, the palmetum, an observatory, and 21 laboratories.

“The Science Complex is a very well designed building, with excellent labs, that will allow students to develop their science skills and allow them to learn with hands on experience,” said Dr. Arturo Rodriguez, an earth science professor at Miami Dade College’s North Campus. “The completion of the Science Complex definitely is an achievement for MDC.”

Each lab in the Science Complex will support the study of biology, anatomy and physiology, physics, environmental science, astronomy, zoology, botany, microbiology, earth science, and biotechnology.

Construction of the Science Complex cost $40 million, which was financed through the Physical Education Capital Outlay.

The building’s other facilities include instrumentation and prep rooms, a lecture hall, multimedia classrooms, and student research laboratories.

The rooftop of the building will serve as an observatory, “…designed to support the astronomy and meteorology academic programs,” Cristina Mateo, dean for administration at the North Campus said.

Among the state of the art architecture, students will also discover a botanical garden, an ornamental greenhouse that will feature orchids and bromeliad.

Just south of the building is the palmetum, which features a shade house designed by former North Campus architecture student Joxy Castillo.

The outdoor atmosphere of the palmetum offers the opportunity for an outdoor classroom, with more than 400 species of palm trees from eight regions of the world.

The exterior of the building also includes an outdoor plaza, large enough to hold 3,000 people, designed for outdoor activities and will soon hold a cafe.

Science Complex features:

  • 21 labs
  • 40 offices
  • 2 greenhouses
  • Botanical gardens
  • Palmetum
  • Café
  • Observatory

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