Experimental Sciences Building Officially Opens at Texas Tech University

DATE: March 3, 2006
CONTACT: John Davis, john.w.davis@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK – Texas Tech officials Friday officially opened the $37 million Experimental Sciences Building, a multidisciplinary research facility designed to serve teams of faculty researchers and their students.

“The new Experimental Sciences Building will advance research on the Texas Tech University campus,” said Dean O. Smith, vice president for research. “Researchers and graduate students go hand-in-hand, so our top students will benefit as well. We have moved some of our best researchers into the laboratories and plan to use the unfinished shell space to attract more premiere researchers to the university.”

The 127,810-square-foot building features 50,851 square feet of lab space with a basement and three floors, faculty research laboratories and offices. To enhance the research process, completed lab areas were designed to bring together researchers from different disciplines and encourage them to collaborate. Working together in the new facility will be researchers in biology, chemical engineering, plant and soil sciences, animal and food sciences, computer sciences, economics and geography, biotechnology and imaging.

The facility was constructed using $24 million from tuition revenue bonds and $13 million from Higher Education Assistance Funds.

Researchers and their students will have access to a plant growth chamber facility, a biotechnology and genomics center, a center for biological and geospatial information systems and an imaging center with electron and optical microscopy.


CONTACT: Dean O. Smith, vice president for research, 742-3905, dean.smith@ttu.edu.