UW Breaks Ground For $100 Million Science Initiative Facility

UW and state leaders turn ceremonial shovelfuls of dirt for the new Science Initiative facility. (UW Photo)

University of Wyoming and state elected officials broke ground today, November 16th for a new facility that will enable world-class research and education in pillars of Wyoming’s present and future economy.

The Science Initiative facility will contain a 200-seat active-learning classroom, along with state-of-the-art research and laboratory space to support scientific imaging, biological and greenhouse research. The initiative emphasizes collaboration among multiple disciplines by assembling researchers into a single complex with shared instrumentation, technical support and collaboration spaces.


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Governor Matt Mead, who in 2014 appointed the Wyoming Governor’s Top-Tier Science Programs and Facilities Task Force — which developed the Science Initiative plan along with a team of UW science faculty members — credited the enthusiasm and collaboration of UW faculty members for making the building project happen.

“This will be a world-class place to learn science … a place second to none,” said the governor, who noted the Science Initiative’s efforts to change the way science is taught in the state through active learning and mentoring.


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Former Governor Dave Freudenthal, who co-chaired the Wyoming Governor’s Top-Tier Science Programs and Facilities Task Force, said the Science Initiative and the new facility will open the door to new technologies and businesses that will allow more of Wyoming’s young people to stay in the state for their careers.

The $100 million project — $85 million from state appropriations, $15 million from UW reserves — is scheduled for completion in early 2021.