On Thursday May 10, to show the construction progress of what officials say is Lafayette’s largest capital project, officials hosted a steel beam-signing ceremony.

Once the 103,000-square-foot-project opens in fall 2019, officials said, it will usher in a new era of integrating critical skills in science, technology, engineering and math while bringing together disciplines in biology, computer science, environmental science and studies and neuroscience.

Alison Byerly, president of Lafayette College, said the college would place the steel beam on the third floor of the center once it is complete. “It will be positioned in such a way as to be visible to the Lafayette community,” she said.

Lafayette College named the center after S. Kent Rockwell, a 1966 graduate and benefactor of the 192-year-old college who attended the ceremony. Boston-based architectural firm Payette designed the project. Turner Construction Company of Philadelphia is the construction firm.