Auckland Uni to build new science centre
Fri, 29 Jun 2012 9:35a.m.
By 3 News online staff
The University of Auckland is investing $200 million into a new science teaching and research facility on the corner of Symonds St and Wellesley St.
The 11-storey building will bring various scientific disciplines under one roof for the first time, which the university says will increase opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration.
“The science centre project will enhance the faculty’s already significant contributions to research and economic development in New Zealand,” says vice-chancellor Prof Stuart McCutcheon.
"It demonstrates our commitment to science and reflects the importance of science and innovation to New Zealand’s future."
The School of Environment, Institute of Earth Science and Engineering, National eScience Infrastructure, Department of Psychology and School of Chemical Sciences will all move into the new tower, designed by Architectus. The current building on the corner, known as the 'Chemistry Building', will be demolished.
The adjacent building will be refurbished.
Construction on the new centre will begin next year, and is expected to be completed by 2017.
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