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Groundbreaking for Entomology Building at UCR Set for Sept. 13

Groundbreaking for Entomology Building at UCR Set for Sept. 13

(September 7, 1999)

Groundbreaking for a $24.2 million entomology building at UCR, part of a major building program that will bring to campus new state-of-the-art facilities for insect research, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13.

The Department of Entomology at the University of California, Riverside is internationally known for its research programs in biological control, integrated pest management and exotic pests. In addition to fundamental research, department faculty and extension specialists have been at the forefront of the development and application of new methods for managing insect pests that cause serious economic damages in the agricultural industry and in urban communities of California.

The new 65,000-square-foot, three-story structure will allow scientists to modernize and expand their research capabilities. The facility will replace three aged existing buildings that have served as the entomology department's headquarters for decades and which pose a seismic safety risk. The project is expected to be completed about mid-year in 2002.

Groundbreaking Time/Date: 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13

Location: Lawn area north of Chapman Hall, UCR campus (adjacent to Citrus Drive)

Directions: Highway 60 to University Avenue in Riverside. Exit University Avenue and travel east to campus entrance, turn right onto West Campus Drive, continue to Citrus Drive, and turn left on Citrus Drive.

Additional information: Also under construction is a $15 million Insectary and Quarantine Facility, which will replace UCR's existing insectary - originally built in 1930 and expanded in 1960 - with contemporary laboratories for specialized research in biological control. The new entomology building is being constructed on the former site of the University Club, which will be accommodated temporarily in the remodeled Barn. Following completion of construction, the existing entomology buildings will be razed.

Speaking at the groundbreaking will be UCR Chancellor Raymond L. Orbach; Philip A. Roberts, associate dean in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences; and Timothy Paine, chair of the Department of Entomology.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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