Texas Woman’s University has broken ground in Denton on a new $54 million Science & Technology Learning Center, a facility it says will add much-needed space and will enhance efforts to increase research activities.
The building will be a four-story, 80,000-square-foot facility at the northwest corner of North Bell Avenue and Texas Street, and will be home to graduate and undergraduate research laboratory space for biology, chemistry and biochemistry, nutrition and food science, and psychology programs.
Scheduled for completion in June 2020, the center will also include collaboration and conference spaces, faculty offices, graduate student work spaces, lab support spaces, scientific equipment repair services, and a microscopy suite. The interior design will include modern touches to suit the scientific function. For example, full-height glass walls will be used throughout, so occupants can see into and from all areas of the building. Stantec is the project’s architect.
“This state-of-the-art facility will not only foster cutting-edge research, it will boost research collaborations across disciplines and allow students to conduct research in the same type of environment they will encounter in their professional careers,” TWU Executive Vice Provost Jennifer Martin said in a statement.
TWU holds the Carnegie Classification of Doctoral/Research Universities, which means it awards at least 20 research doctoral degrees a year. The research-focused facility is the latest in a series of major construction projects at TWU.
The Oakland Complex, which includes space for the Office of Human Resources, the TWU Department of Public Safety, a testing center, a student lounge and a parking garage, opened last fall. And, an 875-bed residence hall and dining complex on North Bell Avenue is slated for completion in August.›
The new advancements aside, TWU has been a ground-breaker in its own right since it was founded in 1901 as the first public college in Texas for women. Male students didn’t become eligible for admittance until 1972.
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