Chemistry Department Celebrates First Phase of Renovated Lab Space

Beakers and Chemistry equipmentOfficials from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and McCarthy Building Companies recently gathered to commemorate the completion of the first phase of a $21.5 million project to renovate and modernize 75,000 square feet of laboratory space in the Spencer Chemistry and Biological Sciences buildings on the UMKC Volker Campus.

“Renovating and expanding UMKC’s primary biology and chemistry teaching laboratories enhances our ability to offer outstanding research and academic degree programs in modern sciences at both the undergraduate and graduate level,” said Robert Simmons, UMKC associate vice chancellor of administration. “Modernizing outdated buildings benefits students, faculty and the community, while addressing functionality, enrollment capacity and deferred maintenance needs.”

The Spencer Chemistry Building will remain occupied during the renovations and the work is being performed in phases. The first phase, which began in January 2017, consisted of heavy demolition. The building was built in 1968 and has not been renovated or updated since the 1980s. The entire renovation is anticipated to be finished by July 2018.

Once completed, UMKC students and faculty will enjoy state-of-the-art spaces that meet current laboratory standards and modern technology requirements along with teaching areas conducive to the collaborative learning environment the Chemistry Department is known for.

The project architect is PGAV Architects. Design team partners include mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer M.E. Group; Leigh & O’Kane structural engineers; laboratory planner Research Facilities Design (RFD); civil engineer SK Design Group and The Sextant Group audio/visual and information technology consultants.

A version of this story first appeared on January 22, 2018, on UMATTERS.