UA Unveils New Polymer Engineering Academic Center
Akron, Ohio, June 4, 2001 — The University of Akron will dedicate the first building in its $200 million "New Landscape For Learning" plan with a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the Polymer Engineering Academic Center June 8 at 11 a.m. on the UA campus.
The $6 million state-of-the-art facility will allow the University's world-renown polymer engineering program to continue its growth and vitality as it supports critical research in the region and beyond. With three floors of classrooms, offices and academic space, the four-story, 31,900-square-foot building will not only benefit the faculty and students of the Department of Polymer Engineering, but also the industries served by their research.
The Polymer Engineering department has seen steady growth during its history, with sponsored research increasing from $300,000 to more than $2 million during the past 17 years.
The building will be home to more than 140 post-doctoral and engineering students, and faculty and staff. The center will house a 134-seat lecture hall, as well as distance–learning classrooms, a student calculation and general purpose classroom, as well as 15 faculty offices, 14 student offices, and conference, seminar and lunch rooms. It also will house the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society.
A walkway will connect the Polymer Engineering Academic Center with the Sidney L. Olson Research Center next door. The Olson building will continue to provide space for the operation and housing of laboratories, instrumentation and equipment required for polymer engineering research.
As part of the ceremonies, the first of 30,000 new trees planned for the campus will be planted near the Polymer Engineering Academic Center. Among those scheduled to deliver remarks during the event are University President Luis M. Proenza; Ted Curtis, UA Vice President of Capital Planning and Facilities Management; and Frank Kelley, dean of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.