LATROBE (KDKA) — Saint Vincent College is dedicating its new $39 million science center this weekend.

The Sis and Herman Dupre Science Pavilion features state-of-the-art classrooms and common areas with impressive architecture.

It was made possible by a nearly $8 million donation from the Dupre family and numerous smaller donations from other friends of the college.

Plans for the building began back in 2005. The new science center is the largest building project in the history of Saint Vincent College.

Included in the building are a digital technology lab, auditorium and planetarium. It will be used by students and also for community outreach.

The building is environmentally friendly and is LEED certified.

The Dupre family is well-known as the former owners of Seven Springs Mountain Resort. On Saturday, Sis and Herman Dupre, along with their nine daughters, will hang traditional Swiss cowbells in the new center bearing their name.

Saint Vincent College President Brother Norman Hipps and Archabbot Douglas Nowicki both said the center will open countless opportunities for students now and into the future. They are both excited about Saturday’s official dedication ceremony. More than 500 people are expected to attend.

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