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Groundbreaking ceremony for Tech’s new science building is Friday

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The new science building will be the anchor of a new quad, located immediately north of Browning & Evins Halls. Architect's rendering provided by Upland Design Group, in association with Bauer Askew Architecture and Research Facilities Design.

Tennessee Tech University will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a new laboratory science building Friday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at the construction site off Stadium Drive, across from Southwest Hall, and is open to the public.

Occupying more than 160,000-square-feet of space, the new science building will be the largest academic building on Tech’s campus and will be its first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified building.

In keeping with the university’s master plan, the building will be located immediately north of the Capital Quad residence halls on the site of a current parking lot and will anchor a new academic quad.

It will house the chemistry department and a portion of the biology department and will feature more than 17,000-square-feet of lecture hall space and labs for earth sciences, physics and environmental sciences.

A team of more than 40 faculty members worked closely with architects Upland Design Group in Crossville and Bauer-Askew Architecture in Nashville on the building design. Together they have incorporated collaborative spaces unlike any that have ever existed at Tech as part of the building’s design, allowing faculty and students to interact and work together in an unprecedented way.

Upland Design Group in Crossville and Bauer-Askew Architecture in Nashville previously worked on Bell Hall, home of the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing.

The Christman Company, which also built Ray Morris Hall, home of the Millard-Oakley STEM Center, is the contractor for the building project.

The $90 million facility is expected to be ready for occupancy in fall 2020. The project was funded by the State of Tennessee in the university’s 2016 budget appropriation.