New Westfield State science and innovation center open

Is first new academic building on campus in 40 years

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A new science facility on Westfield State University’s campus is designed to make the university a key player in campus research.

A ribbon-cutting for the $55 million Dr. Nettie Maria Stevens Science and Innovation Center was held Friday. Dr. Stevens graduated Westfield State more than 100 years ago, and distinguished herself as a pioneer in the study of chromosomes.

Students at the university told 22News that this is represents an advancement for them in their goal of careers in biology and other sciences. “I want to be a high school teacher,” Westfield State Senior Holly Brouillette said. “Being exposed to all this new equipment that we have really opens up new pathways for new research topics. It can benefit their education.”

Westfield State currently has 400 full-time students majoring in the sciences, and with this new building, they expect even more in the coming years.

“Our facilities before couldn’t handle the research that we were proposing,” Dr. Jennifer Hanselman, the Chair of the Biology Department, told 22News. “This facility allows us that opportunity. Students are thrilled, excited and invigorated to do this.”

The Dr. Nettie Maria Stevens Science and Innovation Center is the first new academic building to be constructed at the university in more than 40 years.