W&M installs infrastructure for new science building

By Christine Sampson, csampson@vagazette.com

The Virginia Gazette

1:31 PM EDT, June 24, 2014


WILLIAMSBURG – Installation of a new sewer line and a storm water line are currently under way at the College of William and Mary, where those infrastructure improvements will soon be put to good use.

When those two elements are complete, the college will begin building the third phase of its Integrated Science Center, or ISC3, the college recently announced.

The work will cause Landrum Drive, a mostly one-way street that connects Jamestown Road and Ukrop Drive, to be closed to through traffic. A ban on parking along that street is in place until at least June 30.

Scheduled for a completion date in the spring of 2016, the completion of ISC3 will mark the culmination of a $74.2 million project funded by the state. Dennis Manos, William and Mary's vice provost for research, says the new facility will add "versatility of function" and encourage collaboration between students, researchers and academic departments. For instance, he said, the college's neuroscience program, which involves researchers from several academic departments, will benefit from the new facility. He said it will also expand research access for students.

"We maybe haven't reached every student yet, but I haven't heard of too many undergraduates who haven't been able to find an appropriate spot in a lab to do faculty-mentored research," Manos said in a statement.

According to the William and Mary announcement, the 113,000-square-foot ISC3 will house the SciClone computer cluster, which is currently located in Jones Hall. Its four-story concept is based on a core of laboratories and major-instrument facilities known as the "Machine for Science." It will also include a 300-seat lecture hall, which the college said will become its largest instructional space, as well as a rooftop greenhouse at the ISC2.

Sampson can be reached at 757-345-2345.