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Science Complex Construction Completed At EMU

Feb 7, 2019

The third and final construction phase of Eastern Michigan University's science complex has been completed, and a dedication ceremony was held Thursday afternoon.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan attended and has the story.  
 


EMU President James Smith welcomed an excited crowd of about 100 people at the newly renovated Strong Hall.  With financial support from the State of Michigan, it cost $40 million to renovate the almost 81,000 square foot structure that houses numerous labs for STEM classes.  Smith says it will help increase student enrollment.

"We're always looking to be the premier science place and I think we've done that.  We've accomplished that," said President Smith.

Student Allea Burton says she likes how the new building offers plenty of space for her to study between classes.

"It's good to have those resources because Pray-Harrold and other buildings don't really have them.  You just kind of sit on the floor, in the hallway," said Burton.

Strong Hall was built in 1957 and had not received any significant overall improvements since its construction.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu