Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Oklahoma State University interdisciplinary science and technology research building, designed by the team of Rees Associates, Inc. and Cannon Design, will take place on July 26, 2007. Governor Brad Henry will be speaking at the event.
The $70 million center will provide cutting edge, flexible laboratory space and enable interdisciplinary research among the physical and biological sciences, and will be a landmark building on the OSU campus. OSU believes the “signature” building will help the school attract and retain outstanding faculty members as well as enhance OSU’s learning experience.
The facility, consisting of 125,000 new SF feet and 30,000 renovated SF, is Phase I of a three-phase research complex that will form a science zone as envisioned in the school’s campus master plan. The finished building will be a mixture of unassigned and occupied lab space. According to OSU, thematic areas will be defined for the new labs, including spaces for synthetic chemistry, biodiversity, biotechnology, sensors, photonics, and biophysics. The new, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities will establish an environment of interdisciplinary scholarship in the physical and biological sciences.