|October 25, 2010|
Union receives grant from Wright Family Foundation to support Wold Center
Union has received a $300,000 grant from the Wright Family Foundation to support a biochemistry laboratory and other space in the new Peter Irving Wold Center for Science and Engineering.
The grant will help fund the Wright Family Laboratory and an instrumentation room in the three-story, 35,000-square-foot research and education facility, scheduled to open next year. The lab will be one of four in the biochemistry suite, which also includes a cold room and a culture room.
The private Wright Family Foundation was established in 1997 to support community, education, health, social needs and the arts. The foundation is the philanthropic arm of the SI Group, Inc. (formerly Schenectady International, Inc.), a 104-year-old global producer of alkylphenols, electronic chemicals and phenolic resins.
Artist's sketch of the Peter Irving Wold Center for Science and Engineering from the colonnade between Social Sciences and Schaffer Library.
The College’s connection to the Wright family dates back five generations. A number of family members are alumni or have served as members of the board of trustees. The foundation has been a generous supporter of various College programs, including the W. Howard Wright Chemistry Scholarships, created in honor of SI Group, Inc.’s founder and his son, Henry DeForest Wright. Four scholarships are awarded each year to students from Schenectady and surrounding counties who plan to major in chemistry or biochemistry.
“We are extremely grateful to the Wright Family Foundation for their continued support of critical College projects,” said Union President Stephen C. Ainlay. “Their generosity and commitment to philanthropic causes is well-known, and we are pleased they have deemed as a worthy project our Wold Center, which advances our leadership in what it means to be liberally educated in the 21st century.”
The Wold Center will host interdisciplinary programs in biochemistry and environmental science and engineering. Building highlights include a high performance computer lab, state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms, and labs for cutting-edge collaborative research. The center will house a roof-top renewable energy lab and undertake research and demonstration projects related to energy and the environment.
The $22 million project was made possible in large part due to a lead gift from John S. Wold ’38 and his wife, Jane. The Wolds have directed more than $14 million of their original $20 million You are Union Campaign commitment to be a catalyst for the project.