Sierra Nevada College research facility opens today
INCLINE VILLAGE – Sierra Nevada College students will have the opportunity of a lifetime as the doors of the new Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences open for the first time today, ushering in a new age in research in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
“First of all, it’s a wonderful addition to the inventory of buildings at a campus this size,” said SNC interim president Larry Large. “It doesn’t get any better than this.”
The collaboration between SNC, the University of Nevada, Reno, the University of California, Davis, and the Desert Research Institute will allow SNC students to reap the benefits of working alongside some of the world’s most renowned scholars and researchers, Large said.
The building will also offer many opportunities for the basin community, as the building will be open to the public.
“It will be a resource to the whole community because it will attract researchers and scientists from all around the world,” Large said. “Another benefit will be demonstration projects that will make accessible the information and interpretation of scientific research.”
SNC Board of Trustees member Jim Steinmann agreed with Large on the benefits that will be available to SNC students and the Tahoe community.
“The community is welcome to come by and witness all the things going on,” Steinmann said. “Hopefully people in the community will come over and stop by.”
UC Davis is also planning to bring elementary students from around the greater Reno/Tahoe area to experience the building.
The building, some 45,000 square feet, will house laboratories, offices and classrooms for all of the agencies in collaboration in this project and is set to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum rating.
“This building was built to a standard of advanced research because of (the collaboration) with UC Davis,” Steinmann said. “The standard of labs and learning environment is the best you’ll find at an undergrad institution anywhere in the country. Students are going to benefit from being in a real high class lab instead of a just a classroom.”
Classes will start in the TCES today, the first day of school at SNC. The grand opening of the TCES is set for 2 p.m. on Oct. 14 with various activities Oct. 12 and 13 as well, all of which will be open to the public, Large said.
“(The opening) will be SNC’s and its partners’ day in the sun,” Large said. “It will show the rest of the world as well as the community the world class studies that go on here.”