Friday, April 26, 2013

[443] MTSU releases digital first look of new Science Building

News and Media Relations contact: Andrew Oppmann, 615-494-7800 or

Construction about 30 percent complete; project on schedule for Spring 2015 opening

MURFREESBORO — MTSU released Monday computer-generated “fly-through” video and still images 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.

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. 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.

The video can be seen here:

To see the construction progress so far, visit and bookmark the page for regular updates.

About MTSU

Founded in 1911 as one of three state normal schools for teacher training, MTSU is now the oldest and largest public university in Middle Tennessee. With an enrollment of more than 25,000 students, MTSU is the largest undergraduate university in Tennessee and the No. 1 producer of bachelor’s degree graduates in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.

MTSU remains committed to providing individualized service in an exciting and nurturing atmosphere where student success is the top priority. With a wide variety of nationally recognized academic degree programs at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels, MTSU takes pride in educating the best and the brightest students from Tennessee and around the world.

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