Shovels in hand, Texas Tech University officials broke ground today on a new expansion to the Bayer Plant Science Building.
The $13.6 million project adds more than 21,000 square feet to the existing home of the Department of Plant & Soil Science, with plans calling for new research labs, graduate student spaces, instructional labs and department office suites. The project also includes renovations for 2,440 square feet of facilities in the existing building.
“It’s not very often that academic buildings get built, and when they do, they last a long, long time,” said Michael Galyean, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources. “[The Department of Plant & Soil Science] is a really powerhouse department, and I think that’s the reason that Bayer CropScience and others have decided to invest in this department.”
The expansion to the Bayer Plant Science Building is funded by donations to Texas Tech University with lead gifts from Dale and Cheryl Swinburn of Tulia, Texas, and Bayer CropScience.