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Smith’s preeminent position in science education is broadly acknowledged, with 30 percent of our students majoring in the sciences. The Picker Engineering Program has grown quickly from an entering class of 20 in 2000 to some 100 majors and intended majors in 2008, and 118 students have graduated from the program.

Smith’s existing science facilities date from the 1960s. Recent studies have shown that, when compared to peer institutions, the sciences at Smith have a deficit of 46,000 square feet of space, excluding engineering, to meet existing program needs. The college’s science expansion plans are intended to address this shortage of space as well as the need for effective, appropriate and safe facilities.

Over the years, Smith's campus has expanded incrementally to accommodate growth in its student population and facilities required by new programming. But compared to many of the colleges with which it competes, Smith is still at a disadvantage in terms of campus acreage per student, and there is not enough developable square footage within the current campus to meet the programmatic needs of the sciences.

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Planning studies have confirmed that 400,000 square feet of space are needed for new science facilities. New construction is taking place in the Green Street/West Street area. Ford Hall, a $73 million, 140,000-square-foot facility to accommodate engineering, computer science, molecular biology, chemistry and biochemistry, is located at Green Street and Belmont Avenue. It is supported by a $10 million leadership gift from Ford Motor Company Fund. Smith broke ground for this facility in the fall of 2007, and the building will open for classes in early 2010. Additional buildings have been envisioned as part of a long-term science and engineering expansion.

View of Ford Hall, Smith's new building for the sciences and engineering, from Belmont Avenue; the college's Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts is shown at the right. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Architects.



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