The third and final phase of the Biosciences Complex at Missouri University of Science and Technology is included in the list of major construction and renovation projects approved by the University of Missouri System Board of Curators today (Nov. 10, 2017).
The curators’ approval of this project – further renovation and expansion of Schrenk Hall, which houses the chemistry and biological sciences departments – means it is now on a short list of capital projects that includes a project from each University of Missouri System campus and UM Health Care, or five projects in all. These projects will be further evaluated for consideration at a March 2018 meeting of the Board of Curators Finance Committee.
“With the decline in state funding and restrictions on tuition, our budgets have been balanced, in part, by delaying improvements to many of our facilities across the four campuses,” UM System President Mun Choi says. “This is the first step in our capital planning process. This will allow us to have an informed capital plan that is driven by our strategic priorities for each campus. We take our stewardship of the financial resources entrusted to us very seriously. These projects will help us educate the future leaders of our state and nation.”
The Biosciences Complex has been a priority for Missouri S&T for more than a decade. It involves three phases:
“We’re very grateful for the Board of Curators’ support for this important initiative,” says Dr. Christopher G. Maples, interim chancellor. “Our Biosciences Complex will play a vital role in elevating our ability to provide world-class education and research for the state of Missouri.”