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McHenry County College to build $16.8M science facility

Construction on the Liebman Science Center could begin in 2017

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A conceptual rendering of the Liebman Science Center at McHenry County College.
Photo provided A conceptual rendering of the Liebman Science Center at McHenry County College.

CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County College science aficionados and students at large can look forward to a new $16.8 million facility coming to campus.

College officials announced Friday that the college has received a major donation that will launch a campaign to build a new science center on the main campus in Crystal Lake. The building will support science programs from biology, to physics and engineering to earth science. But all students will see the benefit, said Christina Haggerty, interim vice president for institutional advancement and chief communications officer with the college.

“Nearly every student at MCC passes through our science programs as they work toward their education goals,” she said in an emailed statement. “The community’s future engineers, teachers, social workers, accountants and chefs all must take at least one science lab class when starting their studies.

“All these students deserve a credible place in which to learn.”

The 31,670-square-foot, two-story building will be constructed adjacent to Building E on the Crystal Lake campus. It will contain a cadaver lab, various science labs, a lecture hall, student resource lab, prep rooms and 720-square-foot planetarium, according to the college.

The Liebman Science Center project has launched with an initial donation of $3 million by Charles Liebman.

”As a citizen, I am delighted to participate in this effort,” Liebman said in a news release. “I feel that community involvement in the college is a basic part of our responsibility.”

The college will campaign for more funding and use general college funds to pay for the project as well. Construction should begin in 2017.

“We are extremely grateful for this gift by Charles Liebman and his family,” MCC President Clint Gabbard said. “MCC’s new Liebman Science Center will allow the college to continue providing the community with the highest of educational opportunities, all in a state-of-the-art learning environment that encourages collaboration and innovation among students and faculty.”

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