POTEAU–The new Deanna J. Reed Science and Math Center at Carl Albert State College officially opened its doors Thursday.
The $7 million facility stands three stories tall with 32,400 square feet of classroom, labs, offices and conference rooms.
A dedication ceremony honoring Reed and her family took place during the opening on Thursday with over 175 in attendance from the campus and throughout the community. Friends and family of the Reeds from across the region came together to take part in the event.
Dr. Brandon Webb, CASC President, welcomed the crowd. Reed, who serves as a CASC regent, spoke briefly regarding the new facility and the importance of Carl Albert State College to the region.
“This is about the students,” Reed said. “With this facility we can better serve our students’ educational needs.”
Webb stated, “We have waited with great anticipation for this day, and we are so pleased to open the doors to this wonderful addition to CASC. On behalf of the College, our students, and the entire community we thank Regent Reed for her generosity and her forward thinking to meet the current and future needs of our students.”
The building is equipped with new furniture and state of the art equipment for both classrooms and laboratories, according to Garry Ivey, CASC Assistant to the President and Development Foundation CEO.
He added the building is ADA compliant, offers Wi-Fi, and is equipped with a mechanical system that controls ventilation throughout the building.
“Science labs and equipment make a facility such as this expensive, but we did not cut any corners, this is state of the art through and through,” said Ivey.
Reed was presented with a framed picture of the new building during a luncheon in her honor prior to the dedication ceremony. Her husband Bob, their children, grandchildren and a host of family and friends celebrated the completion and opening of the Reed Center.
The first classes to take place in the Reed Center will be when the spring semester begins on Wednesday at CASC.