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Published on : Apr 13, 2015

Inauguration celebration of the recently opened Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building formed a connection among two of the Ohio State departments, and resulted in a strong outcome from the ones who want to promote future research and learning collaboration. The opening took place on Friday at the CBEC building, at 151 W. Woodruff Ave., which acts as home for two of the departments i.e. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and around 400 staff members, student scientists and engineers have the leverage to work and study in the double building facility.

The 235,000-square-foot, glass-outlined facility is home for the new Koffolt Laboratories, and the unit operations lab, conference rooms, lounges, student offices and other open spaces that are meant to help encourage a collective atmosphere. The new facility’s deployment costs added to be $126 million, with $70 million allotted by state funding, in accordance to the College of Arts and Sciences’ website. 

Michael Drake, the OSU President, announced in the official opening function on the authority’s capability to merge together both the departments and the capacity to elevate integrative research. Drake further says that though they teach for Ohio but they actually work for the world, helping on research methodologies. He also said that the solutions and the innovations that are formulated in the building are really of a high significance to him. 

CBEC is the Columbus campus’ foremost laboratory building which is leed-certified, which is a certification for the building given on environmental responsibility given through the Green Building Certification Institute.The facility’s base floor is also accompanied by a 9-foot tall and 71-foot long led light installation, formulated by the expert Leo Villareal. As put by the Ohio Arts Council website, the art parade was financed by the Ohio Arts Council’s Percent for Art program, an origin of funding for the commissioning and establishment of works of art for modern or remodeled public buildings with a stipend of greater than $4 million.

Drake closed the ceremony by saying that the conviviality was an entitlement and he really enjoyed it. Further, he added that he was really proud of the building as it was a leed- certified architecture, which proves the fact that modern research buildings can be build in a surrounding friendly manner.