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Death and Birth of a New Campus Building

The Science Classroom Building has been a blight on the University of Minnesota Campus for 45 years. Here is a picture of it from January.

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The building was on one of the primo pieces of real estate on the campus -- at the Washington Avenue bridgedeck overlooking the Mississippi river and great views of the Minneapolis skyline. Finally after many years of wrangling, the University received money from the state to demolish the building and build anew.

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This is the site on February 6th, 2009. It is amazing how fast these buildings can come down. But don't worry, we won't be left with a hole in the ground. As soon as the rubble is removed, construction will begin on a new building that will have state-of-the-art, technology-rich classrooms and student services -- which currently are housed in many buildings all over the campus -- will be consolidated into one place. Also the building will be LEED Gold-Certified, meaning it will be built with strong efforts toward sustainability (including recycling of all that rubble you see above). Just as important, our goal to beautify the campus and have it reach out to the river will be is slowly but surely being accomplished.




Hooray! I took classes in the old SCB and just seeing it gone brings a smile to my face.

How long is the new building expected to take to construct?

Just about anyone who took a science class at the U sat in that rat trap.

The new building should be ready by Fall 2010.

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