Volume 91, Issue 53

Tuesday, December 2, 1997




Chemistry face-lift

Western's chemistry students and staff are tickled litmus pink after a $7 million upgrade to the Chemistry Building was unveiled last Friday.

Mike Mosley, director of laboratories in the chemistry department, said the renovations involved a mechanical systems upgrade which examined plumbing and gas lines and removed asbestos. New fume hoods were also installed in order to best accommodate students, he said.

Because the building was erected nearly 30 years ago, it undoubtedly required general maintenance and updated technology. These changes left the chemistry building with a healthier atmosphere, better lighting and air quality and a cheerier aura, said Mosley.

David Riddell, senior director for Physical Plant and Capital Services, said the funding for the project came from numerous sources. The province of Ontario contributed over $2.6 million while the federal government gave over $100,000. The estate of Laurene Paterson funded $1.25 million and more than $2 million came from Western.

–Becky Somerville

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