University of Delaware Office of Public Relations The Messenger Vol. 6, No. 1/1996 Expanded Colburn Laboratory dedicated On Friday, Oct. 4, nearly 300 dignitaries, trustees, administrators, faculty and guests gathered for the official dedication of the Allan P. Colburn Laboratory. The ceremony included tours of state-of-the-art labs like this one. The $22 million project, funded by $7 million from private sources and $15 million from the state, involved both the expansion and renovation of the home of the Department of Chemical Engineering, which was originally built in 1968. The national campaign, led by Morton Collins, Delaware '58, was supported by many alumni and friends, corporations, foundations and organizations and every faculty member in the department. A leadership gift of $500,000 made by Collins was recognized Oct. 4 with the naming of the Eva M. Collins Memorial Wing in honor of his late wife. The project has increased the Department of Chemical Engineering's office, conference and lab facilities from 60,000 to 105,000 square feet, and new features in the building include the latest in instrumentation, improved ventilation, enhanced electrical power, vibration isolation, gas handling and cooling water.