Southern Arkansas University’s new Agriculture Center is beginning to take shape. The final piece of the steel skeleton was placed on Tuesday, April 10.
As is University tradition, students, faculty, staff and community members were invited to sign their names on the final beam. The beam was temporarily placed on display in a building behind Childs Hall for public access.
The Agriculture Center is a two story academic building designed to accommodate the ever-increasing high-tech needs of the agricultural industry. The building is modeled after the University Science Center in many ways, but it is unique unto itself as it is driven by specific programming needs. The facility will house a large lecture hall, classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, and a large pavilion.
The total heated space of the Agriculture Center will be 30,557 square feet – about half the size of the Science Center – and the pavilion will add another 60’ x 75’ area onto the rear of the building.
The SAU Foundation is seeking donations to outfit this facility with the state-of-the-art equipment needed to ensure the success of many future generations of SAU students. Laboratories, Classrooms, and Offices can be named in honor or in memory of a beloved family or faculty member. CLICK HERE for a detailed listing of naming opportunities.
Construction of the Agriculture Center is part of the University’s Blue and Gold Vision master plan. The plan was implemented in 2004 and began with the construction of the Donald W. Reynolds Campus and Community Center. To date, more than $73 million in new construction and renovations have taken place on the SAU campus as part of the Blue and Gold Vision.
Modified: July 3, 2012 at 10:53 am