FLINT, Michigan (WJRT) - (10/11/2018) - STEM education is a top priority at U-of-M Flint where construction is beginning on an expansion to the William R. Murchie Science Building.
STEM students are excited about the $39 million dollar project that will add a third wing to the Murchie building which houses the majority of science, technology, engineering and math programs on campus.
"Us getting more lab space, and the ability to do more is extremely important, especially since engineering is such a growing field," said Kristen Rusinek, a Senior at U of M Flint.
U of M Flint Chancellor Susan Borrego grabbed a shovel, standing alongside dignitaries including State Representative Sheldon Neeley, State Senator Jim Ananich, and C.S. Mott President Ridgway White for the ground breaking ceremony.
When complete in 2020, the new wing will provide new labs and an engineering design studio for STEM students.
The state contributed 29.5 million dollars to help pay for the expansion, and a portion of an 11 million dollar grant from the C.S. Mott Foundation for STEM education in 2016 kicked in 7.5 million dollars.
The university will raise the balance.
Chancellor Borrego spoke about the impact the addition will have on STEM education for students at U of M Flint in the future:
"Sixty-five thousand square foot of cutting edge science facilities, classrooms, laboratories...just puts us on the cutting edge of science education and puts our students in a real strong position," she said.
The project is also expected to generate about 100 construction jobs.