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Miami Dade College North Campus Opens State-of-the-art Science Complex and Research Center

Top-notch facility will provide training opportunities for careers in biotechnology, chemical technology, green and environmental sciences, and advanced manufacturing, among others
Science Complex opening

New Science Complex ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by (L-R) MDC Board of Trustees Vice Chair Peter W. Roulhac, Mariaelena A. Villamil, MDC Board of Trustees Chair Helen Aguirre Ferre, Armando J. Bucelo Jr., North Campus President Jose A. Vicente, MDC President Eduardo J. Padron, and Mikki Canton.

Miami, January 27, 2010 - A recent Miami Dade College (MDC) Board of Trustees meeting ended with a bang as hundreds gathered to celebrate the official opening of the college’s new, state-of-the-art Science Complex located at the North Campus, the first of its kind in north Miami-Dade County and a facility that will create new educational and career training opportunities for area residents and beyond. Festivities included a plaque unveiling, tour of the facility, live music, and the creation of a time capsule, among other activities.

The 90,000-square-foot complex features 21 laboratories with media stations, a Palmetum, a roof-top observatory, classrooms, lecture hall, faculty and administrative offices, botanical garden, greenhouse, an outdoor plaza, and cafe.

“The Science Complex features the very latest technology and is aimed at providing exceptional learning opportunities for science major students and others in its classroom and laboratories,” said North Campus President Dr. José A. Vicente. “Intensive research of best practices from other similar facilities across the country was conducted by MDC prior to the architectural design development. The Science Complex is now among the top science facilities in the country.”

“The opening this new facility is especially momentous because it takes place at the campus where Miami Dade College’s storied history began 50 years ago. It is a symbol of how the college has grown with the dynamic community it serves,” added Miami Dade College President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón.

The new science complex is an invaluable tool for all MDC students who must meet science requirements to graduate. In particular, it will serve as a hands-on training venue for students interested in biotechnology, chemical technology, green and environmental sciences, and advanced manufacturing careers, among many other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions. Training in these areas can lead to an array of jobs, from research technologist to environmental scientist.  

Another goal is for the complex to become a top regional research facility. This semester, some students have already begun using the labs as a training ground for research.  A group in a genetics class, for example, is currently working on sequencing the mitochrondrial genome of the fava bean, and also understanding the growth characteristics of a bacterium strongly linked to stomach cancers.

“The Science Complex is truly amazing,” stated Dr. Heather Belmont, chair of the Biology, Health and Wellness department at North Campus. “Our goal is to make our students’ educational experience like none other.”

The complex was funded in part by the State of Florida and two Title V grants from the U.S. Department of Education at a total cost of $37 million.

For more information about the Science Complex, please contact Dean Cristina Mateo at 305-237-1190, or  

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