URI opens new building; will house chemistry department

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The University of Rhode Island has opened a new building to house its chemistry department.

The school held an event at its main campus in Kingston on Tuesday to officially open the Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences.

A bond approved by the state’s voters in 2010 helped pay for the construction of the $68 million, nearly 135,000-square-foot building.

The space includes teaching and research laboratories.

It replaces Pastore Hall, which was built in 1953 to accommodate about 800 students.

It will now be used for other purposes.

The new four-story building is named after alumnus and university donor Richard Beaupre, founder of Lincoln-based ChemArt.

About 7,000 students now take chemistry classes at URI each year.

Classes begin Wednesday for the fall term.

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