Florida State University (FSU) will have a ground breaking ceremony on a $69.5 million multidisciplinary science building today (Thursday, Oct. 27), The Tallahassee Democrat reports.
The 130,536-sq. ft. building will house the Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science department.
The building will include classrooms, teaching labs, research labs, offices and student study spaces and also will feature labs for geology, oceanography, trace metals and fluids.
“FSU’s Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science Department is one of the leading ‘all Earth spheres’ research and teaching programs in the nation,” department chairman James Tull said in the published report.
“Bringing all of its multidisciplinary talent and resources in teaching and research under one roof in a new state-of-the-art science building will allow this accomplished academic program to further advance and cement FSU’s position on the frontier of innovative understanding of the planet and the many problems and challenges that mankind faces as we move into the future.”
The former Gunter building was demolished in 2015. Construction will begin in January, with an anticipated completion in December 2018.
State legislators approved a $12 million allocation for the project earlier this year.