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NEW SIGMA XI CENTER HOLDS GRAND OPENING APRIL 23 IN RTP

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - The new Sigma Xi Center at 3106 E. N.C. Highway 54 held a grand opening celebration on April 23, 2004 featuring remarks by N.C. Congressman David Price (D-4th District) and Sigma Xi President Peter H. Raven.

A world renowned environmentalist, Raven is director of the Missouri Botanical Garden and a winner of the National Medal of Science. Also on the program was Robert McMahan, senior adviser to Gov. Mike Easley for science and technology.

The two-story, 52,000-square-foot facility is the new home of the 70,000-member science and engineering research society's program and administrative offices, as well as the editorial and pre-press production offices of its award-winning magazine, American Scientist.

Sigma Xi Executive Director Patrick D. Sculley said that the additional space and upgraded technology in the new $9-million facility will enhance chapter support and member services. It will also allow growth and enhancement of the Society's programs in support of science and engineering.

Construction on the Sigma Xi Center began in March 2003 and was completed December 1. Teer Associates served as developer for the building, which was designed by Little Diversified Architectural Consulting. Clancy and Theys served as general contractor.

"We wanted our new building to reflect the joy of discovery and the satisfaction our members derive from research, and the architects certainly fulfilled that ambition," Sculley said.

The design of Sigma Xi's new, modern headquarters embraces the excitement of a scientific breakthrough by generating that same feeling of wonder and awe. A winding, wooded entrance leads employees, visitors and patrons to an inviting, glass-layered structure that conveys innovation and excellence. Numerous sustainable design elements are incorporated within the project, including storm water management, daylight control and protection and reduced site disturbance.

A dramatic spiral staircase in the lobby is among the building's architectural features. One wing of the Sigma Xi Center includes a Hall of Honor where the names of Nobel Prizewinning members are inscribed on granite panels.

"We anticipate that the Sigma Xi Center will be a popular gathering place for members and other visitors," Sculley said, "a place to commemorate the accomplishments of science and engineering and promote the future health of the research enterprise."

He said the multi-purpose auditorium in the new facility has been named in honor of the Research Triangle Foundation and the Triangle Universities Center for Advanced Studies, Inc. (TUCASI) in honor of a $1.5-million gift to the building fund.

Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi has more than 500 chapters-including 13 in North Carolina-at colleges and universities, industrial research centers and government laboratories in North America and overseas. Over the years, the international science and engineering honor society has counted 197 Nobel laureates among its members. Sigma Xi moved to Research Triangle Park from New Haven, Conn., in 1990.

Sigma Xi Center Campaign
The Society's capital campaign has reached a third of its $9-million goal. As part of the campaign, members and friends can honor others with a gift to the building fund. Gifts of any size will be acknowledged in a Roll of Honor on the Society's Web site and on an interactive display to be installed in the lobby of the new building next spring.

For contributions of $1,000 or more, payable over three years if preferred, the names of those honored, along with those honoring them, will be etched into paving stones in the Sigma Xi Center plaza for permanent display.

Naming opportunities for various spaces in the new building are available to recognize larger gifts. For more information, contact development@sigmaxi.org or call 800-243-6534 or 919-549-4691. All donations to Sigma Xi are tax-deductible in the U.S. and Canada.

View Photos of the Sigma Xi Center

Note that postal addresses and telephone numbers for Sigma Xi and American Scientist magazine have not changed.
Sigma Xi, The Scientific
Research Society
P.O. Box 13975
3106 East NC Highway 54
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
800-243-6534 or 919-549-4691
American Scientist
P.O. Box 13975
3106 East NC Highway 54
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
800-243-6534 or 919-549-0097

 

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