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What is that : Work begins on STEM building project at NDSU

Construction has started on the site of the STEM Building, just east of the Memorial Union at North Dakota State University. Sherri Richards / The Forum

Fargo -- North Dakota State University is bustling with construction projects, including work on the new $29.3 million STEM Classroom and Lab Building.

Drivers can see the dirt being turned on the west side of University Drive at 13th Avenue North. The building will be located to the east of the Memorial Union and west of Churchill Field, an open green area.

It is expected to be complete by spring 2016.

The state Legislature approved funding in 2013 for the building, which will be used for science, technology, engineering and math courses under any discipline. A groundbreaking was held May 22.

The STEM building will feature three floors and more than 109,000 square feet.

Construction documents on NDSU’s website show the space will have 23 labs and nine classrooms, including an auditorium that seats 300, as well as several seating areas for studying or lounging.

An NDSU news release states that 4,000 to 5,000 students are expected to use the building every day.

Other new buildings under construction at NDSU include the Sanford Health Athletic Complex and an Aquatics Center, which is in design phase.

Sherri Richards

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