Ford, the U.S. maker made the announced, with Smith College collaboration, of a dedication involving brand new science, engineering facility, great for the Picker Engineering Program of the Massachusetts school. Called Ford Hall, this building is therefor the result of a 10 million Dollars Ford donation plus an extra 2.6 million Dollars for the engineering program's support.
Jim Vella, the president of Ford Motor Company Fund stated for the press 'We’re proud of our partnership with Smith College and the opportunity to participate in the building of Ford Hall. We are confident that together we can make real advances to safeguard the health of this planet and protect its resources. With Ford Hall, we are joining with faculty and students of Smith College as engineers of a better world for future generations'.
This building got certified being a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the 1st of this type on the college campus. It uses vegetated swales, porous pavement, green roofs, mechanical systems - environmentally responsible and the usage of a mixed heat and co-generation power system.
Nancy Gioia, from Ford Global Electrification continued 'Ford Hall represents the essence of a sustainable future. It is an example of how we need to think and build going forward – with sustainable materials, energy efficiency and environmental compatibility. Ford Hall is also a challenging and enabling environment for our future generations of women scientists and engineers – those who will generate the ideas and make a reality tomorrow’s collaborative solutions for long-term sustainability'.
The program Picker Engineering, that will be building housed, is the 1st and only one accredited engineering women program.
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