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More research capabilities ride to Texas TechMore research capabilities ride to Texas Techhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=159492017-03-07T06:00:00Z2017-03-07T23:15:00Z

​​​​​​LUBBOCK – Administrators from Texas Tech University and the Texas Tech University System broke ground for its​ Experimental Sciences Building II (ESB II), which will significantly expand the university’s research capabilities.​

The 117,000-sf building will include an animal vivarium, four general wet labs, three instrumentation labs and two synthetic labs, in addition to offices, collaborative spaces and three conference rooms.

Its construction was funded by $70 million from the Texas Legislature’s authorization of a tuition revenue bond and $7 million in revenue finance system funds to be repaid by Higher Education Assistance Funds.

The goal of ESB II is to increase Texas Tech’s research capacity by:
  • ​​developing and expanding research areas that align with the university’s existing strengths and address areas of national importance;
  • increasing the number of faculty with common interests within each research area who can collaborate on large-scale projects; and
  • expanding research infrastructure to support thematic research areas.
​As part of the Texas Tech University System’s Public Art Program, 1 percent of the total construction cost of each new building on campus goes toward the commission of a public artwork for that building.​
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