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Friday, February 22, 2013

Renovated space at Varsity Drive to make room for dry research collections

The Board of Regents on Thursday approved the renovation of space within the Varsity Drive Building for the relocation of the university’s dry research collection.

The majority of the dry research collection, which includes artifacts such as fossils, skeletons, insects and feathers now will be stored in approximately 71,000 gross square feet of renovated space in the Varsity Drive Building.

The improvements to the space include temperature and humidity controls to protect the collections, as well as architectural, mechanical and electrical work.

In addition to the dry collections, the project also will relocate related lab spaces and some of the offices for the Departments of Anthropology, Paleontology and Zoology to the renovated space. These resources currently are housed in the Alexander G. Ruthven Museums Building, the Campus Safety Services Building, and the Clarence Cook Little Science Building.

The relocation of the dry research collections will make administration of the collections more efficient by co-locating it with the wet research collections already stored at the Varsity Drive Building.

The $27.5 million project is being funded from resources from LSA. The architectural firm SmithGroupJJR will design the project.