EUGENE, Ore. — (Oct. 26, 2012) — In a spirited Friday morning ceremony featuring major donors, big name politicians, cheerleaders, the Green Garter Band and the UO Duck, Kimberly Andrews Espy, vice president for research, innovation and graduate education, officially opened the new Lewis Integrative Science Building.
“And now I declare the Robert and Beverly Lewis Integrative Science Building officially open,” Espy announced as Beverly Lewis, one of the major donors behind the $65 million science building, pulled a lever and released green and yellow balloons on the audience.
Some of those involved in Friday's celebration offer their thoughts on what the Lewis Integrative Science Building will mean for the UO and the state of Oregon in the following video, which captures the excitement of opening day.
About the Robert and Beverly Lewis Integrative Science Building
Opening in October 2012, the Robert and Beverly Lewis Integrative Science Building is home to strategic research clusters centered around interdisciplinary and integrative research missions that are not defined by departmental boundaries. Part of the University of Oregon’s Lorry I. Lokey Science Complex, the building brings researchers together from across the spectrum to tackle society’s grand challenges, from cellular processes to improving communities.