University of Rhode Island Celebrates Opening of New Chemical and Forensic Sciences Center

The University of Rhode Island, a NEC member, is celebrating the opening of the new Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences.

The $68 million, 134,623 square foot center is funded largely by a $61 million bond approved by Rhode Island voters in 2010. The center will be home to the chemistry department as well as a federal Center of Excellence for Explosives Detection, Mitigation and Response. The number of teaching labs will be tripled to 14, and the number of research labs will nearly double to 18 labs.

Governor Gina Raimondo, who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony, said, ““Fostering research, innovation, and discovery is critical to Rhode Island’s future as a center of advanced industries. This facility, along with other recent projects, positions the University to attract businesses, entrepreneurs, and inventors to our state and grow our economy. I want to commend the University and its leadership for delivering yet another spectacular facility that will provide longstanding benefits to its students and Rhode Island as a whole. This is a proud day for our state.”

The New England Council congratulates the University of Rhode Island on its newest facility.

Read more from the University of Rhode Island’s press release.

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