Mercer University set to break ground on new science building

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Mercer University in Macon is set to break ground on their brand new science building next month.

The 144,000 square foot structure will reportedly cost $44 million and is slated for an 18-month construction process.

Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance at Mercer, James Netherton, believes the addition of the new state-of-the-art facility will be another way to attract top quality undergraduates to the institution.

“With the growth of our undergraduate population and then the great focus we’ve got on health sciences and graduate programs and professional programs, we need a new science building,” said Netherton.

“We have a science building, but it was built in the 60’s,” Netherton added when asked about the necessity for a replacement. “A lot of the technology is obsolete, but we’ve grown a lot… we’re bursting at the seams in that science building.”

The plan to construct a new science building has been in the works for at least the past five years, according to Netherton, and has been funded through the combination of gifts from donors, foundation support, and borrowing what couldn’t be raised.

The new building is scheduled to be completed in December of 2017, and will begin holding classes in January the following year.