Donation from Pioneer Material Precision Tech helps finance construction of Heathcock Hall

Rendering of Heathcock Hall
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UC Berkeley’s College of Chemistry’s Heathcock Hall will be a chemistry research and teaching facility. Pioneer Material Precision Tech provided a $10 million donation for the construction of the building.

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A $10 million donation from Pioneer Material Precision Tech, or PMP Tech, will fund the UC Berkeley College of Chemistry’s construction of Heathcock Hall.

Heathcock Hall will be a major chemistry research and teaching facility, according to College of Chemistry spokesperson Camille Olufson. The donation is a continuation of the partnership between PMP Tech and the College of Chemistry that started five years ago when College of Chemistry alumnus Ted Hou introduced the company executives to Douglas Clark, College of Chemistry dean.

“The College of Chemistry is very grateful for the wonderful partnership that we have had with PMP Tech over the past five years,” Olufson said in an email. “The company has been very generous, giving support to the College’s infrastructure, graduate fellowships, student programs and faculty support.”

This PMP Tech donation builds on College of Chemistry alumnus Terry Rosen and his wife’s cornerstone gift of $25 million for the new chemistry building, according to professor emeritus and former College of Chemistry dean Clayton Heathcock.

Rosen requested to name the building in honor of Heathcock, who was his research director, Heathcock added. He also noted that having the building named after him was an “enormous honor.”

According to Olufson, the building is meant to accommodate research in synthetic chemistry, physical chemistry and chemical and biomolecular engineering in its four stories. She added that the 80,000 square-foot building would anchor the chemistry community and attract global leaders “to the chemical sciences.”

The construction plans for the hall incorporate solar energy and resilient design concepts in order to build the most sustainable building possible, Olufson noted. As of press time, no concrete date has been set for construction.

Olufson said she hopes the collaboration between PMP Tech and the College of Chemistry will strengthen in the future.

“Our hope is that our bond — the partnership between PMP Tech and the College of Chemistry — will continue to grow stronger throughout years to come!” Olufson said in the email. “A partnership that will be mutual beneficial to all involved including PMP Tech, the Chens and the College’s faculty, students and infrastructure.”

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Due to misinformation from a source, a previous version of this article incorrectly stated that construction of Heathcock Hall is scheduled to begin in 2023. In fact, no concrete date has been set for construction.