A Missouri S&T initiative to upgrade and renovate teaching and research facilities was among the items supported by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and state legislative leaders in the state appropriations for higher education for the 2023-24 fiscal year, which began July 1.
The initiative, known as “Advancing Missouri’s STEM Education and Workforce Development,” received $25 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to support three projects:
- The addition and renovation of S&T’s Engineering Research Laboratory (ERL) to establish a teaching and research complex that supports students, faculty and industry partners.
- Renovation of Schrenk Hall East to modernize classrooms and other teaching spaces for biological sciences and chemistry.
- Expansion of the university’s geothermal energy system to connect the ERL addition as well as Harris Hall, Norwood Hall and Parker Hall. Since going online in 2014, S&T’s geothermal energy system has reduced utility costs by as much as $2 million per year. Expanding the system to include these structures is expected to further reduce utility costs in the future.