Brown University breaks ground Thursday on a new engineering building on their Providence campus. The three-story, 80,000 square foot building will give the department its own home for the first time. Currently, engineering shares space with the physics department.
Brown President Christina Paxson said the new facility will allow the school’s research to expand in areas like nano-engineering.
“So this is looking at very, very small particles that have interesting applications from health to material science, to environmental science,” said Paxson.
She added the hope is to expand research and double the number of undergraduates in engineering.
“We have plans to grow the school of engineering in terms of the number of faculty who are there, and we cannot achieve our growth plans without this building.”
The new engineering building will provide space for some 35 faculty and researchers, and dozens of graduate students. The school expects to double its engineering undergraduates in the next few years.
The project comes with an $88 million price tag. It’s expected to be completed in early 2018.
Down in South Kingstown, the University of Rhode Island is preparing for construction of their own major engineering building.
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