- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Johnson & Wales University has opened a new science center in Providence on land once occupied by a freeway.

The university held an inaugural event Thursday for its new John J. Bowen Center for Science and Innovation, the first completed building on land in downtown Providence made available by moving Interstate 195.

With the fall term set to begin next week, the three-story building will now house the university’s School of Engineering and Design and its biology program.

The university says it built the $42 million, 71,000-square-foot building on 1.7 acres it bought for $3.9 million in 2012. It’s named after the school’s chancellor.

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