UT's 'Most Modern' Building to Begin by Year's EndUT's 'Most Modern' Building to Begin by Year's Endhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=101292015-05-26T14:30:00Z2015-05-26T00:00:00Z

Funding for the $70 million addition to UTPA’s science building was approved by the system's board of regents last November.

"The building completes the master plan that was done a number of years ago to complete the existing science building on campus," said Michael O’Donnell, associate vice chancellor for facilities planning and construction for the UT System. "It will be the most modern and strategic facility in all the system."

The four-story, 115,000-sf addition will complete a 272,000-sf building dedicated to education and research in STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Located east of the library, it will house 16 research labs, four teaching labs, 11 workstations, and 42 faculty offices.

Research there will concentrate on biomedical sciences, biology and some chemistry, while the teaching labs will focus on geology and physics, said Vice Provost for Research and Sponsored Projects Sadiq Shah.

According to O’Donnell, the plan is to break ground in the fourth quarter of this year and finish by December 2017.

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