During the summer of 2014, laboratory space in the Morrell Science Center was renovated to accommodate new instrumentation of the Stewart’s Advanced Instrumentation and Technology (SAInT) Center. The SAInT Center is an interdisciplinary instrumentation suite focusing on teaching and research across the departments of the School of Science. This project was made possible by a lead gift from Stewart’s Shops and the Dake Family along with generous support from Michael R. O’Leary, MD ‘74 and Colleen E. O’Leary, MD and The George I. Alden Trust. We also appreciate the numerous contributions of our alumni in making this center a reality, and note the important work of Nicholas Cobb '02, Michael Perry '06, Jason P. Marion '09, Michael Perry '06, Jenna Gifford '11, Allycia Barbera '11, Amanda Paske '11, Ryan Buckley '11, Lindsay Tegas '12 and Prof. Magnus Bergkvist of CNSE, who were part of the initial instrumentation center development team.
Principle construction was completed in mid-August with major improvements including independent environmental regulation, energy efficient LED lighting, a “green” non-destructive fire suppression system, and increased safety measures. Additionally, during the project, numerous materials were reclaimed to reduce waste and conserve resources. Fourteen of the sixteen new instruments were installed from mid-August through October 2014 and the official dedication of the center took place on March 12th, 2015.