The STEM Initiative: An Essential Promise
The University of Vermont’s largest-ever capital project will bring a state-of-the-art complex of laboratories, classrooms, and research facilities to campus. Construction will begin in 2015 and establish a promising new academic and economic development vision for UVM.
The $104 million Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Complex will align UVM and its students with some of the most promising economic development opportunities and job growth fields. Faculty and students in the STEM disciplines are paving the way toward solutions to the grand challenges we face -- in water, food, energy, security, health and healthcare.
The STEM project will include 191,000 square feet of new construction, and will include renovations of Votey Hall. An expected $26 million will be raised through non-debt sources, including private donations.
“As Vermont’s premier public research university, we have an obligation to step up – and we are both prepared and excited to do so," Provost David Rosowsky told UVM’s Board of Trustees in early 2014, shortly before they granted preliminary approval for the project. “We must commit to making UVM a comprehensive, engaging, compelling and impactful public research university.” The project is already attracting interest from donors, with Richard Barrett ’66 and his wife Elaine making a recent $1 million commitment.
Located in the heart of campus behind University Row, the STEM Complex project consists of three buildings – a laboratory building that will serve as a replacement for the outdated Cook Physical Science Building, a new classroom and teaching building, and selected renovations in Votey Hall. The buildings will be designed to create an atmosphere that is inviting and inclusive; one that welcomes and compels every member of our community to make a connection with the facility and the work it inspires. All construction is scheduled to be complete by 2018.
The STEM Initiative will create a new physical and intellectual “spine” linking all corners of Central Campus. Nestled among existing arts, humanities, and social sciences facilities, and the health sciences branch of campus, the facilities will entice and encourage communication and connection across a broad range of disciplines.