Introducing The New Science Atrium

We are pleased to announce the completion of phase one of the planned two-phase Science Atrium project. As planned, the first phase has provided a much needed larger dining space as well as a popular social meeting space, and a convenient location for students to study and collaborate on scholarly work.

Science Atrium original
Science Atrium construction

Plans for phase one included construction of a full-width gradual ramp for easy access from the campus quad, and a uniquely designed transparent roof that creates a large, open-air space. Other features included ceiling fans that support a comfortable environment by increasing air circulation, and a “green wall” of various plants extending from the Science Atrium floor up to the second floor, giving the atrium a striking interior design while being eco-friendly. In addition, phase one included complete renovations and improvements to the lobby and restrooms to the west of the courtyard which serve the two auditoriums and connect to the Medical Arts Building, and a new elevator improving access to the upper floors of the Science Building.

The new Science Atrium
The new Science Atrium with students

Moving Towards The Second Phase of Construction and Design

As initially planned, phase two will begin in early 2018 and will feature a total enclosure of the courtyard. The phase two project will make the courtyard area an indoor dining space by adding a wall and doors to the south side of the Science building, facing the quadrangle. Once completed, the atrium will be a climate controlled environment, providing use for the College community throughout the year.

In addition, the existing basement dining room will become a new kitchen and the first floor grille will become a new servery for the adjacent Science Atrium. A service elevator will be an additional feature of the servery.

As with any new construction project, if you have any questions or or would like to report a problem, please contact Campus Facilities & Planning at X6288 and/or Buildings and Grounds at X6231.

We again appreciate your patience and look forward, along with you, to the final completion of the new Science Building Atrium!

Completion of The First Phase of Construction and Design

An event celebrating the Capital Upgrade to Construct the Science Atrium was held in September of 2016 in the new Science Atrium. NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito was joined by the Queens Council Delegation, CUNY Vice Chancellor for Facilities Judy Bergtraum and Queensborough Community College President Dr. Diane B. Call. Also present were members of the Student Government Association (SGA). Haris Kahn, SGA Parliamentarian, spoke on behalf of Queensborough’s 16,000 students, thanking the Speaker and the Queens delegation for their “ongoing investment and dedication to Queensborough”.

Science Atrium press conference with NYC Councilmembers and QCC students

Council Members who attended the event were Karen Koslowitz, Paul Vallone, Rory Lancman, Peter Koo, I. Daneek Miller, Elizabeth Crowley, Jimmy Van Bramer, Barry S. Grodenchik, Donovan Richards, Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Ruben Wills and Finance Committee Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland.

They praised Queensborough for offering students of all backgrounds an opportunity to get a quality education that’s also affordable, and for giving them the tools and knowledge they need to succeed, particularly in the STEM programs, where graduates will be able to gain employment in industries for the 21st Century.

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