The STEM Initiative: An Essential Promise
The University of Vermont’s largest-ever capital project will bring a state-of-the-art complex of labs, classrooms and research facilities to campus starting in 2016 and establish a promising new academic and economic development vision for UVM.
The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Initiative is a $100 million project that will match employers’ growing need for skilled graduates with the increasing number of STEM students attracted to UVM. The STEM project’s new construction and renovation will total more than 250,000 square feet.
“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 to issue bonds paying for 75 percent of the project. The remaining 25 percent will be raised through gifts from donors. “We must commit to making UVM a comprehensive, engaging, compelling and impactful public research university.”
Located in the heart of campus behind University Row, the STEM complex will include three facilities: a total retrofit and renovation of the existing Cook Physical Science Building, a renovation of Votey Hall --built in 1962 and home to the School of Engineering -- and the construction of an entirely new building of approximately 80,000 square feet. 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 would be completed by 2018.
The STEM Initiative will create a new physical and intellectual “spine” linking all corners of central campus. Nestled between existing arts, humanities and social sciences facilities and the health sciences branch of campus, the buildings will entice and encourage communication and connection across a broad range of disciplines.