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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) Building

The new 225,000 gross sq.ft. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) Building is located in the Academic Core North at 151 West Woodruff Ave. This location is in the heart of science and engineering neighborhood and offers laboratory space with the proper floor-to-floor height, structural dimensions, and environmental stability to support intensive research. The total project budget was $126 million. The building also adopts the sustainable design practices by Labs 21 in addition to a LEED Silver minimum.

CBEC Construction News

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CBEC Building Overview with Construction Timeline (.pdf)


To link the excellence of the past to our high aspirations for the future, we are planning to honor iconic faculty members and lecturers (see below) who have significantly impacted our understanding of Chemistry and Biochemistry as well as the future of their students.

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To make a contribution in honor of your undergraduate professor, or to honor a specific iconic professor, please click on the name below the brochure. This will take you to the specific sub-fund number.

To show your support please contact Samara Preisler, Director of Development, at 614-292-6059.

Paquette Center

In honor of Professor Leo Paquette, we are attempting to define the Paquette Center in the Building.

The designated chemistry and biochemistry area (highlighted in red) is the heart of CBEC and denotes the section of the building we plan to name the Paquette Center. The chemistry and biochemistry area of the building provides $8 million in naming opportunities.


Why is a new building needed?

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is housed across a variety of locations. One of the primary locations, Evans Laboratory, is severely outdated, which has caused problems with students and faculty recruitment and retention. There are almost 700 undergraduate majors, many of whom participate in research, and almost 250 graduate students. Growth is expected to continue as more and more students come to Ohio State with an interest in the sciences and learn the importance and fascination of chemistry and biochemistry. With more than 5500 active alumni, this new building will be a resource for them and the industries that they support.The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Building is designated by the College of Arts and Sciences and the university as the highest capital project in the 2010-2014 biennia.

When will the building be complete?

Groundbreaking was held in June of 2012 and building construction is scheduled for completion in 2014.

How much money do we need to raise?

In order to move ahead, the department must secure the assigned portion of $8 million toward the total building cost of approximately $126 million. The College of Arts and Sciences is so committed to the project that it is matching the expected departments’ funding by matching it with $8 million. The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering will contribute $17.5 million; the state of Ohio is expected to supply the remainder of the funding.

What will the new building contain?

Housing for a world-class chemistry and biochemistry research facility, including accommodation for large NMRs and X-ray Crystallography rooms. The building will be constructed with the latest energy conservation design and the most sophisticated building materials available.

I have a few questions. Whom do I contact?

Samara Preisler
College of Arts and Sciences Office of Advancement
425 Stillman Hall
1947 College Road, Columbus, OH 43210

Where should I send my gift?

Please send all gifts and contributions to:

Samara Preisler
College of Arts and Sciences Office of Advancement
425 Stillman Hall
1947 College Road, Columbus, OH 43210

Please use fund number Chemistry New Building Fund 312441 on the memo portion of your check.