The College of Science is currently engaged in a major building initiative, designed to enhance our teaching and research facilities for students and faculty:
Crocker Science Center at the George Thomas Building (read more)
A gift of $10 million from Gary and Ann Crocker is making it possible for the College of Science to remodel and earthquake retrofit the historic George Thomas Building on Presidents Circle (the former university library and former home for the Utah Museum of Natural History).
The plan calls for reinforcing the structure to current seismic standards and redesigning the interior while maintaining the historic and architecturally significant features of the original building. The building will contain the following elements:
- The Center for Cell and Genome Science: an interdisciplinary research center for the study of cellular machinery, engaging scientists from fields such as biology, genetics, biochemistry, biophysics, and mathematics.
- Interdisciplinary classrooms and laboratories for the Center for Science and Mathematics Education and new learning space for the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics & Astronomy.
- An incubator for science-based industrial companies to collaborate directly with college faculty and students.
Architectural plans are being developed now, and opportunities for naming facilities in this building in honor of donors are available. The project is expected to be completed by 2017.