URI opens new $68-million chemistry building

 Ashvin Fernando, a Ph.D. candidate from Sri Lanka, works in one of the labs at the Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences. - URI photo, Nora Lewis

Ashvin Fernando, a Ph.D. candidate from Sri Lanka, works in one of the labs at the Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences. - URI photo, Nora Lewis

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — State officials joined business leaders and the University of Rhode Island community Tuesday morning to mark the opening of the school’s new $68-million Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences Center, which was funded mostly by a $61-million bond Rhode Islanders approved in the 2010 election.

The ribbon-cutting symbolizes the latest development in a building boom involving several Rhode Island-based schools that are making significant investments in improved teaching and research capabilities in the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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