Fort Valley State ready to open new research facility

The ribbon cutting ceremony for Fort Valley State University's new scientific research facility is 9 a.m. Friday.

Ten years in planning, the three-story, 63,356 square foot structure was built at a cost of $16.3 million.

"Fort Valley State University needed a new research facility because the old science building could not be retrofitted with the necessary equipment to modernize it," said James Mack, an associate professor and former chemistry department chair. "Miller did not have an piped in gases, the flat roof leaked all the time and the air conditioner worked when it wanted to."

The Academic Classroom and Laboratory Building can accommodate 750 students. The facility has 20 classrooms. 10 preparatory labs, 13 project labs and 28 offices.