Coe receives Booth Ferris Foundation grant to fund Peterson Hall renovation project

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2011-05-19 13:00:01 - General

Coe College has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Booth Ferris Foundation of New York City for the renovation of Peterson Hall of Science.  The latest funding is in addition to $4.7 million already committed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project.

The latest grant is part of the $8.7 million required to transform the 40-year-old facility into a modern science center.  Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2011, with the project to be finished in the fall of 2012, all planned to accommodate the college’s academic calendar.

The remodeling will involve reconfiguring space throughout the existing building, creating classrooms and laboratories that are fully capable of housing Coe’s modern research-grade equipment.  The success of faculty efforts has resulted in a growing number of state-of-the-art instruments, all of which require dedicated spaces and superior infrastructure.  Finally, new mechanicals and lighting will be installed to create an inviting and welcoming educational environment.

To leverage the $4.7 million grant from NSF and renovate the non-research areas of the building, Coe officials are in the process of raising funds to support the entire effort.  The project is an important component of the Coe College “Defining Moment” campaign, which moved into its public phase in December 2007.

“We are grateful to the Booth Ferris Foundation for its support of the Peterson Hall project,” said Coe President Dr. James Phifer.  “The Booth Ferris grant, as well as the National Science Foundation funding and the generous contributions of others, will help ensure that we can provide a quality science education to future generations of students and accommodate the growth in enrollment we have enjoyed over the past few years.”

The Booth Ferris Foundation was established in 1957 by the wills of Willis H. Booth and his wife, Chancie Ferris Booth.  Operated by the JPMorgan Chase Bank, the foundation's primary interest is in the field of education and it has a history of supporting smaller colleges.