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Castleman engineering building to be rededicated (Released: 9/12/95)

by Renu Sehgal, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut will rededicate the newly renovated F.L. Castleman Building on Friday, Sept. 15 at 2:30 p.m. marked by rainbows no matter what the weather will be like.

Castleman Hall, a sprawling, three-story Georgian-style building, opened in 1940 as home to all of UConn's engineering studies. Over the years, the School of Engineering expanded into seven buildings.

To make Castleman once again the premier center for engineering studies and research on campus, UConn began renovations to the building in December 1991. The construction project will add 10,000 square feet to the existing 45,000 square-foot building. The building will be rededicated in honor of Francis Lee Castleman Jr., former dean of the School of Engineering.

A new sculpture, Mobius Solaris, by Greenwich resident Robert Perless, adorns the front of the building. The sculpture, installed Aug. 15 as part of the Connecticut Art in Public Spaces program, is a 28- foot work of prisms and mirror-polished stainless steel planes that contain an electronic motor energized by solar power. The work of art and engineering tracks the sun and shifts itself so that the prisms can continually produce a rainbow.

The building was dedicated in 1970 to Castleman, who joined the University as a professor in 1942. He was head of the Department of Civil Engineering from 1942 to 1946, becoming dean of the School of Engineering from 1946 until his death in 1954. Castleman helped to design the Mid-Hudson Bridge in New York, the Kill von Kull Arch and Trans- Bay Bridges in California.

Following the ceremony, the School will host the first annual Geib Environmental Lecture, ''Multi-faceted Aspects of Environmental Engineering Careers'' by Joan B. Berkowitz. Named in honor of Mortimer Albert Geib, associate professor of civil engineering at UConn's Waterbury campus, the lecture series is designed to inform students and the public of environmental issues and promote the importance of environmental awareness. Berkowitz, an expert in the commercialization of waste treatment and cleanup technologies, is currently managing director of Farkas Berkowitz & Co., a management consulting firm serving the environmental industry.

Tours of the Castleman Building's laboratories and research facilities will begin at 3:30 p.m. Faculty and staff will be available to describe current and planned projects. A reception will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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