Carroll University’s brand new academic building, the Michael and Mary Jaharis Science Laboratories, was officially opened on Friday, September 30 in front of hundreds of guests.
President Doug Hastad was joined by Governor Scott Walker and Dr. Steven and Elaine Jaharis to help commemorate the day. Many others were in attendance including County Executive Paul Farrow, Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly, members of the Board of Trustees, business leaders, faculty, staff, students, and community members.
Opened for the start of the 2016-17 academic year, the 44,000 square-foot building is the first new academic building to be built on Carroll’s campus in the past 50 years and is also the school’s only all gift and grant funded structure. The State of Wisconsin awarded Carroll $3 million toward the project in 2015.
“The Michael and Mary Jaharis Science Laboratories will provide our students with a world class learning environment as they prepare for successful futures,” said Carroll University President Doug Hastad.
The building combines state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, research spaces, and instrument rooms that will transform the educational experience of students in the health and science fields. The new facility has an animal research area and cadaver lab in addition to advanced equipment such as a machine that performs nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The improvements not only benefit students, but will provide faculty with more opportunities to pursue research grants.
Nearly two-thirds of Carroll students major in the sciences. The university has experienced unprecedented demand for programs in the fields of nursing, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, public health, psychology, and exercise science/physiology.
Michael and Mary Jaharis Science Laboratories are the first phase of a three-phase project that also includes the construction of another new academic building which is currently in progress and renovations to an existing building.