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On Wednesday, December 15th, Texas Tech University broke ground on their new Academic Sciences Building.

This new 3-story, 125,000 square-foot structure will house teaching and laboratory space for 5 departments within in the College of Arts & Sciences. Those departments are the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Geosciences, Physics & Astronomy and Psychological Sciences.

The building will contain hands-on active learning classrooms, student collaboration spaces, first-class teaching and computer laboratories, faculty offices and research facilities, according to a Texas Tech press release.

The Academic Sciences Building was budgeted at $100 million, and a $12.5 million appropriation was approved by the Texas Legislature during the 87th Legislative Session.

Texas Tech President Dr. Lawrence Schovanec said:

The Academic Sciences Building will be an invaluable asset to students and faculty, providing state-of-the-art classrooms, teaching laboratories and faculty space. Located in the STEM epicenter of campus, this facility will provide for enhanced student experiences and cutting-edge research developments.

Sung-Won Lee, Physics & Astronomy Department Chair, said:

The Academic Sciences Building will not only be a space where we can educate the next generation of scientists in the best environment, but also an incredible cutting-edge space for us to conduct internationally competitive research. The Academic Sciences Building stands as an important step toward our commitment to education and research in science.

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