MTSU releases digital first look at new Science Bu...

MTSU releases digital first look at new Science Building (VIDEO)

MTSU released computer-generated “fly-through” video and still images on Monday showing how its Science Building, now under construction on the Murfreesboro campus, will look upon completion.

The video and images, which will be used for student and faculty recruitment and university marketing, animates the plans for the $147 million project. It shows the building’s interior spaces and how the structure will change the landscape of the campus.

You can watch the video here:

University officials said Turner Construction Co. is scheduled to substantially complete the project by the summer of 2014, with final completion, commissioning, equipment installations and administrative move-in planned for the fall of 2014. The building should be ready for classes for the 2015 spring semester.

Construction of the Science Building was about 30 percent complete as of April 15. Work is now focused on the building’s exterior, including roofing, metal panels, glazing and masonry. Installation of the building’s heating and air-conditioning systems, plumbing and drywall is underway.

“The university eagerly awaits the completion of this much–needed Science Building and we are very pleased with the progress made to date by our partners at Turner Construction,” said MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee.

The Science Building will provide more than 250,000 gross square feet of teaching, faculty and student research laboratories and collaborative learning spaces. At least 80 percent of all MTSU students will take at least one class in the new building.

MTSU’s enrollment has almost quadrupled in the last four decades alone — from 6,779 students in 1968 to more than 25,000 students today — with no increase in space for science education. The university’s existing Wiser-Patten Science Hall and Davis Science Building were built in 1932 and 1967, respectively, and have a combined total of only 75,332 net square feet.

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