Texas Tech University President Lawrence Schovanec and administrators broke ground for the Experimental Sciences Building II (ESB II), significantly expanding the university's research capabilities. Click the audio link above to hear President Schovanec's remarks.
The 117,000-square-foot building will include an animal vivarium, four general wet labs, three instrumentation labs and two synthetic labs, in addition to offices, collaborative spaces and three conference rooms. Its construction was funded by $70 million from the Texas Legislature’s authorization of a tuition revenue bond and $7 million in revenue finance system funds to be repaid by Higher Education Assistance Funds.
The goal of ESB II is to increase Texas Tech’s research capacity by:
· Developing and expanding research areas that align with the university’s existing strengths and address areas of national importance,
· Increasing the number of faculty with common interests within each research area who can collaborate on large-scale projects, and
· Expanding research infrastructure to support thematic research areas.
“The Texas Tech University System is committed to world-class research that impacts lives,” said Chancellor Robert L. Duncan. “The new Experimental Sciences Building will increase our capacity to do this important work in a first-class facility.”