Since the Bishop Gerber Science Center opened last August, it has been the subject of several local media reports. Many Newman students rate the 51,400 square-foot building as one of their favorite places on campus. Now, the center also has the vote of the community.
The Wichita Business Journal (WBJ) has selected the Bishop Gerber Science Center as its 2018 Project of the Year for Community Impact.
President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D., and Vice President for Finance and Administration Jennifer Gantz accepted the award on behalf of the university at the WBJ's Real Estate Awards banquet April 12.
Event emcee Bill Roy, WBJ editor in chief, mentioned that while the structure was constructed with students in science and medical fields in mind, the Bishop Gerber Science Center has attracted interest from all disciplines.
In his remarks, Roy quoted Newman’s Dean of Arts and Science David Shubert.
“The study spaces are almost in constant use … this facility is going to be transformative for every major, every student and every program.”
Dondlinger & Sons Construction Co., led by Newman alumnus Tom Dondlinger, built the state-of-the-art science building.
The $22 million facility involved nearly 150 construction workers, including various subcontractors.