- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - Middle Tennessee State University has officially opened a new science building on its campus in Murfreesboro.

The Daily News Journal (https://on.dnj.com/1u97BIm) reports about 200 attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for the 250,000-square-foot building. The $147 million project had been in the works since the 1990s.

The new building will be home to the university’s chemistry and biology departments, as well as graduate programs for computational sciences and molecular biology.

Planning for the building began in 1991, but MTSU President Sidney McPhee said he thought it would remain an abstract thought until Gov. Bill Haslam was elected and told the school it needed “to stop talking and start construction.”

The university estimates that at least 80 percent of all MTSU students will take at least one class in the new building.

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Information from: The Daily News Journal, https://www.dnj.com

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