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Durcon Epoxy Resin Worksurfaces Installed in New Medford High School Science Labs

Repost from Wicked Local Medford

It’s been 995 days since Medford school officials approved a nearly $14 million budget and schematic design to renovate 17 science labs at Medford High School. For those in the school community, it’s been well worth the wait.

When the doors open at the high school on Wednesday, Sept. 3, the science labs under construction all last year will finally be put to good use. For Headmaster Dr. John Perella, seeing the labs through to their completion is the perfect way to start the new school year.

"It’s certainly been a long time coming, especially for those of us who lived through the construction phase," Perella said. "Having these labs be a reality is really a special moment. We had to move 17 classrooms and nearly a quarter of our lockers were out of commission. It’s only natural for people to have been anxious waiting for the labs to be completed, but that only adds to the anticipation and now the excitement." Perella said the disruption caused as a result of the year-long construction was never something that negatively affected the quality of education at MHS. In fact, he said the entire school was behind the project and made sure the transition year was as smooth as possible.

"It’s very rewarding to know that when you look at the numbers, you see that our MCAS scores were up and we performed well in all other statistical analyses," Perella said. "We didn’t just survive the construction of the space, we came through ahead of where we were when we started. That’s what’s most exciting, knowing that now we have this amazing space to use to best educate our students."

21st century labs

The Massachusetts School Building Authority is picking up nearly 60 percent of the cost of the lab construction and renovation. During the design stage of the project, the MSBA independently approved the plans, and Director Jack McCarthy was one of the many individuals present for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the labs in June.

The new, state-of-the-art labs will be used by both Medford High School and Medford Vocational Technical High School students. The rooms will allow for modern engineering, biotechnology, environmental science and robotics classes to be taught.

The space will feature new lecture halls, professional development rooms for staff members, a centralized chemical storage area and new projectors.

Superintendent of Schools Roy Belson said the bigger rooms will allow the school to accommodate guest speakers and space for multiple classes, while the staff prep areas will allow teachers to get ready for classes while still keeping an eye on their room.

One of the highlights of the labs is they will help teachers meet the needs of modern-day curriculum standards, in an age when science and technology education is at the forefront.

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Durcon Epoxy Resin Worksurfaces in Brookhaven Lab, Winner of U.S. Energy Secretary’s Achievement Award

Over 3,500 square feet of Durcon Epoxy Resin Worksurfaces are utilized throughout the many laboratories in the 87,700 square foot facility. Research space accommodates a diverse range of specialized tasks including testing corrosive lithium-ion batteries and utilizing ultra-low vibration apparatus to explore and fabricate new materials one atomic layer at a time.

In addition to this prestigious recognition, the ISB was awarded LEED Gold Certification in December 2013, for its energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable design, construction, and operations.

DOE's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visitscience.energy.gov.

Referenced from Project at Brookhaven Lab Wins U.S. Energy Secretary’s Achievement Award by EIN Press Wire

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Economic Engine

Citing the company’s economic and community contributions, the Taylor Economic Development Corporation honored Durcon, Inc. with the 2013 Economic Engine Award.

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Wilsonart LLC Completes Purchase of Durcon Incorporated

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 8, 2013 -- Taylor, TX-based Durcon is well-known for its high performance, epoxy-resin work surfaces and sinks for laboratories and research facilities. The acquisition was first announced on October 14, 2013. Wilsonart LLC is one of the world's leading manufacturers and distributors of high pressure laminates and other engineered surfaces used in furniture, office and retail space, countertops, worktops and other applications. The company operates globally under the Wilsonart, Resopal, Polyrey and Arborite brands and has achieved success through a combination of outstanding service, high-quality products and a focus on providing innovative products and services to customers.

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Durcon in the Running for Texas Employer of the Year

Taylor, TX - October 29, 2013 – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has announced that Durcon Incorporated is one of five finalists for its annual Employer of the Year award. Durcon, the nation’s largest manufacturer of high-performance epoxy resin countertops for science and education, is being recognized for its recent growth which brought new jobs to Taylor, TX, and the surrounding Austin area, as well as its overall contribution to the Texas economy.

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