Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center at Lafayette College Hosts Beam Signing Ceremony

Once complete, the $75M, state-of-the-art science laboratory building will unite STEM disciplines at the college to foster innovation.

The Harman Group (THG), along with members of the Lafayette College community and construction and design team, had an opportunity to be part of the school’s history by signing a structural beam for Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center (RISC). The beam will be installed on the third floor of the RISC and become a part of the school’s history by remaining exposed to display the signatures in perpetuity.

The Harman Group provided structural engineering services for the 103,000-square foot, $75 million project, the largest capital project in the school’s history. Turner Construction Company is the builder and Boston-based architecture firm, Payette, designed the building to encourage collaborative learning amongst the colleges science and engineering departments. The RISC will have flexible spaces that can adapt to new technology, varying group sizes, and diverse research experiences.

The project is particularly meaningful for Kirk Harman, president and managing principal of The Harman Group, and a Lafayette alumnus.

“I last walked out of a Lafayette College building as a student in 1977,” said Kirk Harman. “It is an honor to be back and have the opportunity to work on this significant project at the school where my educational foundation in engineering was built.”

An official topping off ceremony, in which the last structural beam is set in place, will be held later this summer.