The facade of the new VSU Innovation Center located in front of the Eco-FARMI building.

A new iconic structure inside the Visayas State University (VSU) Main Campus will soon be opened to make way for greater research productivity.

Engr. Mario Lilio P. Valenzona, Director of VSU’s Physical Plant, reported that the Innovation Center building has just been completed and will soon be ready for occupancy.

The brand new 3-storey structure will serve as VSU’s central research hub for advanced sciences and cutting-edge technologies especially in the areas of biotechnology, nanotechnology, and data analytics. It stands right across the Philippine Rootcrops Research and Training Center and the Eco-FARMI building.

Aside from modern laboratories, the Innovation Center will also house smart classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art instructional equipment, an elevator system, a small cafeteria, and a spacious roof deck for events, blessed with an elevated scenic view of the campus and Mount Pangasugan.

Innov2.jpgVSU President Tulin inspects the roof deck of the Innovation Center which can be used for different kinds of social gatherings.

VSU President Edgardo E. Tulin led an ocular inspection on March 18, 2021, to plan out the equipment transfer and the inaugural blessing of the building, initially scheduled to happen during the 97th Founding Anniversary of VSU in April.

Innov3.jpgVSU President Tulin and Engr. Valenzona checks the air conditioning units delivered for all the rooms of the Innovation Center.

Engr. Valenzona and University Integrated Media Center (UIMC) Head Ulderico B. Alviola went with Dr. Tulin during the said ocular inspection.

The President bared his long term vision for the building:

“The Innovation Center will solidify VSU’s brand as a research university. This place will soon become a regional centerpiece for advanced sciences that will further increase research productivity here in VSU,” the VSU chief executive said.

Innov4.jpgThe Innovation Center will include brand new office and laboratory fixtures that will be placed in all rooms of the building.

Dr. Tulin also added the importance of the Innovation Center in achieving the core goals of internationalization.

“We will furnish this building with laboratory equipment that is at par with research universities abroad. I hope that the creation of the Innovation Center will attract overseas exchange professors and scientists, more foreign students, and an even vibrant faculty-researcher work pool that will spark greater creativity and innovation here in our university,” he concluded.

Engr. Valenzona said that the Innovation Center will soon have electricity, and then they will install air conditioning units, CCTV cameras, internet connectivity, and basic phone lines.

Innov5.jpgThe second-floor hallway of the Innovation Center will open more laboratory spaces for VSU faculty and researchers.

Innov6.jpgThis is the staircase leading to the third floor of the building which includes metal safety railings and see-through window panels for natural lighting.

Innov7.jpgHuge glass panels placed on the front wing of both the second and third floors of the Innovation Center to allow natural lighting of both office and laboratory spaces.

Innov8.jpgHuge classroom-type spaces are also available inside the Innovation Center for instruction and training purposes.

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