$70 Million Science Building for UT-Pan American

$70 Million Science Building for UT-Pan American

A $70 million addition to the Science Building at the University of Texas-Pan American
has been approved by the UT System Board of Regents, paving the way for thousands
of students a year to receive a cutting-edge education that will lead to professions
focused on preventing and treating diseases that cause illnesses and deaths in people.
Final approval for the release of funding and of design development for the
115,000-square-foot structure. Anticipated construction start is scheduled for December
2015, anticipated substantial completion will take place by December 2017, and the final
completion is expected by February 2018, according to the UT System. “This new facility
represents the next big wave of higher education opportunities in Edinburg and for deep
South Texas,” said Mayor Richard García. “In addition to the positive economic impact in
our community from its construction, it will provide the crucial infrastructure, such as
classrooms, offices, suites, works stations, laboratories, and equipment, to increase
STEM graduates to 873 a year, and provide 16 additional labs that will reduce the time
to graduate.” STEM stands for the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
Four teaching labs will allow 4,200 students to take courses and labs during the same
semester. The overall project will accommodate 16 additional research labs, two
classrooms, 42 faculty offices, 11 staff work stations, and eight suites for research
assistants. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, STEM-related
programs became a national priority in 2011 because too few college students are
pursuing degrees in these fields. The U.S. Department of Labor expects that there will
be 1.2 million job openings in STEM related fields by 2018, but there won’t be enough
qualified graduates to fill them
$70 Million Science Building for UT-Pan American, approved May
14 by UT System Board of Regents, will feature life-saving
Biomedical Research
May 15, 2015

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