Thursday, Apr. 22, 2010
The College of Agriculture at Utah State University will break ground on a new building located on the east side of the university’s historic Quad that will be the center for 21st century agriculture research and teaching. The prestigious location highlights the continuing commitment of Utah State University to agriculture research, the agricultural industry and USU’s land-grant mission. The $43 million building will take two years to complete.
A groundbreaking ceremony is Tuesday, May 4, and begins at 2 p.m. at the building site. All are invited.
News of the groundbreaking follows the passage and signing of House Bill 282, sponsored by Sen. Lyle Hillyard and Rep. Fred Hunsaker of the Utah legislature. The bill released bond funds for the building that was approved by the legislature in the 2008 legislative session.
The 125,000-square-foot building will feature two main sections. The first will be comprised of three stories of high-tech laboratories and research space to be used by students and faculty. It will also house a new university-operated computer lab, lecture and classroom space and public areas. The second section is a four-story structure that will face south and house the faculty and administrative offices, replacing the existing Ag Science Building that was completed in 1955.
“What an exciting moment in the history of the College of Agriculture,” said Noelle Cockett, dean of the college and vice president for Extension. “We appreciate so much the support that was provided in securing the building’s funding. The research, education and outreach of those within the building will continue to make a significant contribution to Utah, and their outcomes will span the globe.”
For more information about the groundbreaking for the new College of Ag building, contact the dean’s office at (435) 797-2200.
Writer: Skyler Di Stefano, (435) 797-7406
Contact: Tammy Firth, (435) 797-2201