International bio-innovation company Novozymes presented a $50,000 check July 12 to Radford University for construction of a laboratory in the new Center for the Sciences building on campus. The Novozymes Biology Lab will be a teaching facility for introductory biology courses for undergraduate students.
Novozymes President Patrick Patterson and Business Systems Specialist Bobbie Grimes presented the gift to Radford University President Penelope W. Kyle at a ceremony at the biotech company's Salem facility.
"We couldn't be more pleased with this relationship," Kyle said during the ceremony. "We are so delighted to be partners with you, and we are so indebted to you for this gift."
Patterson said the company's partnership with Radford University "fits in really well with our initiatives toward both education and sustainability."
Construction on the Center for the Sciences is expected to begin this year, with a completion date of fall 2014. In addition to teaching and research laboratories, the $49 million, 115,000-square-foot building will include faculty and staff offices, a vivarium to offer climate-controlled zoology research opportunities and new space for the Museum of the Earth Sciences and the RU Planetarium. EYP, one of the nation’s top-performing green design firms, is in charge of the project.