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Construction on the new Life Sciences Building east of the University Inn.

Webcam image of Life Sciences Building contruction progress
captured on Oct 18, 2017. Follow the progress at www.usu.edu/comingtolife.

Coming to Life

Construction of USU’s new Life Sciences Building is moving along swiftly, following a groundbreaking ceremony held April 25, 2017, at the building site. Wet weather failed to dampen spirits as USU students, faculty and supporters gathered to celebrate a new chapter and new opportunities.

“It is time for students to receive instruction in a building that reflects the science of today and tomorrow,” said USU President Noelle Cockett, who provided the keynote address for the ceremony and thanked dignitaries, including Utah Senator Lyle Hillyard, donors and former College of Science deans in attendance.

The 103,000-square-foot-facility, under construction on the site of the former Peterson Agriculture Building, which was torn down in 2012, is next to the S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney Biology-Natural Resources Building. Completion of construction is expected in Fall 2018.

Science Dean Maura Hagan said the building, which features teaching laboratories, a lecture hall and collaborative study spaces, is designed to encourage student and faculty interaction.

“Research has shown us that these interactions are where real, meaningful learning occurs,” she said. “So many buildings and labs can be dark and isolating, which is why we asked the architects to design a building with ample glass to showcase light and the outside environment, and to afford us the opportunity to put science on display on our campus.”

Alumni and friends can follow the progress of construction via webcam at www.usu.edu/comingtolife.

-- Mary-Ann Muffoletto

USU's College of Science Dean Maura Hagan
USU's President Noelle Cockett
Utah Senator Lyle Hillyard
The new life science building's mock-up picture