New Jersey City University (NJCU) in the US has broken ground on a $34.6m expansion and renovation project.
The project will transform the science facilities and improve the technology infrastructure at the university to meet its needs.
Out of the total investment, $32m will be used to renovate the science building and the remaining $2.6m will be for technology upgrades.
The 22,000ft² expansion and renovation of the science building will host biology, chemistry, physics, and geoscience programmes.
The upgraded facility will feature multipurpose classrooms, seminar and conference rooms, teaching and research laboratories, lab support and an astronomy observatory.
It will also feature student interaction space, computer labs, storage space, equipment and instrumentation rooms as well as faculty offices.
Funding for the projects will come from the higher education facilities trust fund, the higher education infrastructure trust, and the higher education equipment leasing fund.
The university said the science building, which was built in 1973, had undergone some recent renovation, but needed additional improvements to meet the demands.
NJCU president Sue Henderson said the investment will ensure the state’s economic growth in the future and pay dividends "beyond measure".
The project is one of several developments that are currently underway on the university’s campus, situated on the city’s West Side.
Other planned projects include a new student union, a new residence hall and a new academic building.