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UTSA breaks ground on multi-million dollar research building

New Science and Engineering Building expected to be complete by 2020

SAN ANTONIO – UTSA broke ground Friday morning on a multi-million dollar science and engineering research building.

The new Science and Engineering Building will be a four-story structure located off Bauerle Road and Key Circle on the UTSA Main Campus.

School officials said the building costs $95 million and is the university's largest construction project in its history.

It was funded in large part by tuition revenue bonds approved during the 2015 Texas legislative session.

The new research building will include additional laboratories, classrooms and meeting spaces for students and researchers in the fields of brain Health, chemical engineering, biology and chemistry.

“Right now they do their projects in basements or garages or wherever they can,” said Joann Browning, dean of engineering. “Now they are going to have this state-of-the-art technology to finish those products that they're designing, and will be able to make a difference in society.”

UTSA officials said many of the laboratories will be surrounded in glass so people walking by will be able to see lab work and science in action.

Construction is set to begin in December. The building is expected to be completed in May 2020.

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