After nearly 20 years of being housed in the old and tired University Annex building, SERC is getting a new home. A contract has now been signed for construction of the new facility. Groundwork will begin in January 2009, full-scale construction will kick off in March, and completion is slated for June 2010.
The 6,000 square foot-plus building will house an exterior laboratory, two indoor labs, a machine shop, a conference and demonstration room, and offices for staff and graduate students. The new research center will be situated atop a picturesque hill on the Humboldt State University campus. It is located on the west side of Cluster Court, just across the street from HSU’s new Behavioral and Social Sciences Building.
The design for the building was completed by Design Department, an Oregon architectural firm. The contractor will be Humboldt County based Beacom Construction.
Adhering to the sustainability principles of both HSU and SERC, the new building will meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold equivalent standards. Funding for the $3.0M project comes from the estate of the late Dr. Louis W. Schatz, SERC’s long-time benefactor.