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The construction of the Lynn Science Center on the campus of Lycoming College involved significant support from many local businesses over the past three years. Business owners who helped build the center, and other local leaders, came out in force to see the culmination of their efforts during a Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce PM Exchange event hosted by the college Nov. 5.
The gathering of more than 250 people — the best-attended mixer of the year — celebrated the college’s commitment to advance scientific study throughout the region.
“The new building boosted the local economy with the purchase of goods and services by local businesses including engineering and construction services, landscaping, painting and more,” said Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte. “The building also represents a joint commitment to our college students and to students of all ages to gain an appreciation for the scientific wonders of our world.”
Local contractors and suppliers who worked on the center included Zartman Construction for general construction management, Glenn O. Hawbaker for paving and site work, Tra Electric for electrical work, R&J Ertel for plumbing and HVAC systems, William L. Robinson Concrete Contractors for concrete placement and Reynolds Iron Works for the building’s steel framing. Larson Design Group served as the college’s engineering representative.
The Lynn Science Center, which opened for use in September, contains classrooms and laboratories that can be adapted for a wide-variety of courses and research, as well as new study rooms, computer labs and faculty offices. The Cleveland Atrium provides a beautiful setting as one of the college’s larger gathering spaces.
A donation from the First Community Foundation Partnership funded the state-of-the-art digital technology used in the upgraded Detwiler Planetarium. The foundation also funded educational resources that allow the college to partner with teachers to maximize the educational value of the center. Earlier this month, the college provided science teachers from all grade levels with age-appropriate materials they can use as part of their curriculum including computer software, handouts and interactive online learning opportunities. Teachers also will have access to the planetarium’s full-range of shows and movies.