Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 10:49am
Alan Flurry

With the infrastructure demands of science and technology research collaborations reaching higher levels each year, the university will break ground on the new Interdisciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Research Building at 2 p.m. on Nov. 27. The groundbreaking marks the beginning of the construction of the ISTEM Research Building, which will house engineering, chemistry and related disciplines to promote collaborations between students, faculty and researchers:

The $65 million facility is made possible by $39.4 million in state support. It is strategically located on UGA’s South Campus near other buildings that house STEM researchers and will promote interdisciplinary research to address the needs of industry and government agencies. It will also enhance the state of Georgia’s economic development.


The facility will expand laboratories for chemistry, engineering and other material sciences, offer undergraduate research opportunities and expose graduate students to projects with real-world relevance.

Campus capacity in these disciplines has long been less than adequate, so the new ISTEM building on South campus is welcome news. Congratulations to administrators and state officials on their vision for strategic planning at UGA that will provide even greater access to the broad benefits of new knowledge and discovery.