Carroll University has received a $1 million challenge grant from the Bucyrus Foundation of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. This is the lead gift for Carroll's Phase II of a multi-year project to improve the university's science facilities and provides an incentive for additional gifts for the project. The funds will be designated for the construction of the Bucyrus Center for Applied Physics and Engineering.
"Considering the demand for talented engineers continues to grow significantly both regionally and nationally, the timing is opportune for Carroll University to increase its capacity to attract and educate students who will fill this need in the workforce," said Tim Sullivan, Chairman of the Bucyrus Foundation of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. "This enhanced learning center will serve as an excellent resource for the future of the university and those pursuing careers in science and manufacturing."
The proposed Bucyrus Center for Applied Physics and Engineering is a 12,000 square foot space connected to Carroll's Lowry Hall. The center will be dedicated to classrooms and laboratories that support the university's applied physics/engineering dual degree program that has grown in recent years. The total project includes renovating the existing 16,270 square foot Lowry Hall and adding the 12,000 square foot space.
"The proposed Bucyrus Center is part of Carroll's larger comprehensive campaign to raise $50 million for buildings and endowment," said Douglas Hastad, president of Carroll University. "The largest part of the campaign focuses on constructing, renovating and upgrading science facilities on campus because nearly two-thirds of Carroll students major in the sciences. The new center will help Carroll meet the goal of increasing the talent pool of engineers for Waukesha and the Greater Milwaukee region."
Phase I of the science facilities project begins in early 2015 with the demolition of Maxon Hall, Carroll's current science facility. Following the demolition will be the construction of a new 44,500 square-foot, state-of-the-art science building that will house interactive teaching and research laboratories for anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry and biochemistry, along with student/faculty gathering areas. It is an approximately $24-million renovation that is expected to be completed by fall 2016.
"We are honored by the generosity of the trustees of the Bucyrus Foundation for helping us create a central location for applied physics and engineering that will allow for innovative teaching and research activities, and community collaborations," said Jane Hopp, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Health Sciences. "Wisconsin is home to many companies who rely on applied physics and engineering talent and the new center is an important capital improvement for the growing program at Carroll."