NEW ERA ENGINEERING FOR BREAKING GROUND ON A
ST. THOMAS BREAKS GROUND ON $110 MILLION STEAM COMPLEX THE INTEGRATED FACILITY WILL SHOWCASE SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS AND MATH.
By BRANT SKOGRAND ’04 MBC
S t. Thomas breaks ground in May on the Schoenecker state-of-the-art complex that aims to transform south campus by adding a world-class STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) complex targeted to open in 2024. The building will feature five levels of modular, multipurpose spaces and wide corridors and is expected to add more than 130,000 square feet of facilities to the university. Center, a $110 million Housing three academic areas (arts, engineering and sciences),
it will include the emerging media newsroom, studios and classrooms, science and engineering labs and offices; an art gallery; a 250-seat choral rehearsal and performance space; an instrumental rehearsal space and storage; St. Thomas’ Centers for Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Water Justice; visitor lobbies, café and community spaces. “This will be the first building of its kind in the Twin Cities that will be welcoming to all in serving both our students and the community in STEM and arts education, ultimately inspiring
and educating a diversity of ‘principled, creative problem- solving leaders’ who will fuel the talent pipeline for Minnesota and beyond,” Vice President for University Advancement Erik Thurman said. The planned addition will allow St. Thomas to further recruit, retain and support women, Black, Indigenous, and people of color in STEAM fields, said President Julie Sullivan . “The best way to do that is by breaking down silos, focusing on collaborative, interdisciplinary education, and incorporating diverse viewpoints.”
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