Southwestern University begins second phase of science center’s $37 million expansion


Southwestern University broke ground Friday on the second phase of a $37 million expansion to its Fondren-Jones Science Center.

Work will add 20,000 square feet of new space to the center along with renovations to an additional 38,000 square feet. When complete in fall 2019, the expansion will have added four new classrooms, four teaching labs, three conference rooms, three computer labs, two outdoor teaching spaces, eight research labs and 42 new offices, according to Southwestern.

The expansion also includes the addition of the Whitmore Mathematics and Computer Science Laboratory, the Kinesiology Human Performance Laboratory, a premedical education center, a plant growth facility and extra storage space.

Southwestern completed the first phase of the center’s expansion in 2016, adding 25,000 square feet of space for teaching labs, research areas and collaborative learning studios to support teaching and research in biology, chemistry, biochemistry and physics.

Completing the second phase of the expansion will also unify Southwestern’s science disciplines under one roof, according to the university.

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