Groundbreaking for the new 105,000-square-foot building to house LPI and part of the Chemistry Department occurred in late August. On September 25th, Oregon State University welcomed lead donors Tamara Valley of The Wayne and Gladys Valley Foundation and Patricia and Al Reser; Linus Pauling, Jr.; Dave Hunt, Speaker of the House of the Oregon Legislative Assembly; George Pernsteiner, Chancellor of the Oregon University System; and representatives of Andersen Construction and ZGF Architects to a ceremony celebrating the launch of building construction. Over 300 people attended the event, which featured presentations by Balz Frei of LPI; Ed Ray, President of OSU; Michael Goodwin, President and CEO of the OSU Foundation; Sherman Bloomer, Dean of the College of Science; and Kelsie Warner, an undergraduate chemistry student.
The Linus Pauling Science Center, scheduled for completion in June, 2011, will be the University's largest academic building. It will allow LPI's scientists and staff to work together in the same building for the first time since the Institute's move to Oregon in 1996 and should foster the sort of interdisciplinary collaborations that have become so critical in research.
The building is named for OSU's most prominent alumnus. Ed Ray, President of OSU, noted that Linus Pauling "would probably qualify as any university's most distinguished alumnus." Pauling revolutionized chemistry with his work on the chemical bond, for which he won his first Nobel Prize. He made many seminal discoveries, including a main structural theme of proteins, the alpha helix, and the molecular cause of sickle-cell anemia. He was called the major founder of the sciences of molecular biology and molecular medicine and codified orthomolecular medicine, which forms the basis for LPI's mission, in a paper published in Science in 1968. In the "Millennium Essay" in Nature in 2000, Pauling was declared one of "the great thinkers and visionaries of the millennium," along with Galileo, Da Vinci, Newton, and Einstein.
More information about the ceremony, as well as a webcam view of the construction progress, can be found here.
Last updated November 2009