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U of M starts $92.5 million renovation of Tate science building

University of Minnesota officials are starting a $92.5 million renovation of the Tate Science and Teaching building on the Northrop Mall of the main Minneapolis campus.

The Tate building was built in 1926, with two additions in the 1960s.

Official say the renovation will eliminate obsolete labs and antiquated classrooms, replacing them with flexible spaces for instruction, research, and support services. But they plan to preserve the building’s architectural character as part of the Northrop Mall Historic District.

When finished in 2017, the Tate will house the Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences and the School of Physics and Astronomy.

About 350 faculty, post-doctorates, graduate students, and visiting researchers will work there, using 29 teaching labs for physics and astronomy courses and four teaching labs for earth sciences courses. It also will have 26 research labs—10 for physics and astronomy and 16 for earth sciences.

Live images of the remodeling work will be available online from a web-cam.

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