UTEP’s Chemistry and Computer Science Building is “Topping Out”
May 20, 2010 | UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
Chemistry and Computer Science Building
The University of Texas at El Paso’s vision to provide its chemistry and Computer Science students with additional state-of-the-art facilities soon will be within reach.
UTEP and Vaughn Construction, the firm constructing the new Chemistry and Computer Science Building, will host a "topping out" event at 11 a.m. Friday, May 21 on the first level of the building job site on the corner of Rim Road and Hawthorne Street. In the construction industry, a "topping out" celebration is recognized when a building’s last major structural element is placed. The final beam of the new roof will be hoisted and secured into place during Friday’s event.
The $70 million, 140,000-square-foot facility will provide researchers and students with expanded and upgraded classroom and lab space, as well as opportunities for the colleges of Science and Engineering to work on numerous collaborations. It will also accommodate growth in undergraduate and graduate enrollment in the two disciplines.
"This investment is great news for both colleges," said Richard Schoephoerster, Ph.D., College of Engineering dean. "The additional space and opportunities for interdisciplinary research will create extraordinary opportunities for our students and faculty."
Anny Morrobel-Sosa, Ph.D., College of Science dean, said: "The construction of the building is an affirmation of UTEP’s advancement toward becoming a national research university.
"In addition to providing the departments of Chemistry and Computer Science with state-of-the-art facilities that support our teaching and research enterprise, this facility will also help develop interdisciplinary activities in computational chemistry, computational science and bioinformatics."
Officials broke ground on the project in March 2009 and it is expected it to be completed in May 2011.
Originally posted on News @ UTEP.