ST. PAUL, Minn. – After years of lobbying, conversations with the community and several pitches to the House and Senate bonding committees, Metro State is holding a groundbreaking for its new Science Education Center today, October 10 at 4 p.m. Sen. Foung Hawj (DFL-St. Paul) has been a vocal supporter of the $35.86 million project from the beginning, and has been invited to attend today’s ceremony. The ceremony will take place by the Great Hall, 700 E. Seventh St. on the Dayton’s Bluff campus.
“This Science Education Center will make Metro State a more competitive university and will make it a great option for students seeking a high-quality 21st century science and technology degree. This development brings a positive outlook for the Eastside,” said Sen. Hawj.
Metro State is the only college in the entire Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System which does not have a dedicated science building. The St. Paul-area school has more than 60 degree offerings and more than 10 graduate level programs, and over the course of the last decade has experienced significant growth. A lot of that growth was seen in the Nursing and Health Science programs which contributed to the school’s request for bonding dollars to build a dedicated science lab.
Once completed, the new Science Education Center will include nearly 66,000 square feet of new space and will feature multiple labs, classrooms and academic support space. The site is expected to open in January 2016, with some additional construction continuing into the summer of 2016.