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LSC-University Park plans groundbreaking for Center for Science & Innovation

 The groundbreaking for LSC-University Park’s new Center for Science & Innovation begins at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 28, near the intersection of University Park Campus Drive and Compaq Center Drive West.

This innovative facility will provide students with a state-of-the-art learning environment and will encourage more students to consider STEM careers.

Designed by Kirksey Architecture, the three-story structure will have 12 science labs for chemistry and biology, an “innovation space” with a tutoring area and a sprawling geology teaching wall. In addition, students and visitors alike can view celestial objects through a variety of telescopes from the observation deck atop the Center of Science & Innovation.

President Shah Ardalan said the 50,000-square-foot building, due to open in Fall 2017, will help the College meet the academic needs of its rapidly growing population.

Funding of the $15.4 million project comes from the $485 million bond referendum approved by voters in 2014.

“Providing this extraordinary center is part of our continuing commitment to serving as our community’s college,” Ardalan said. “Inspiring spaces encourage us all.” 

LSC-University Park is located at 20515 State Highway 249. Free parking for the ceremony will be in Parking Garage 11.