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$24 million expansion unveiled on Auburn campus

June 8, 2019 GMT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University’s astronomy and physics students are getting a new place to call home.

WSFA-TV reports university officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday for the 62,500-square-foot (5,806-square-meter) Leach Science Center addition.

The expansion cost $24 million and includes a lot of features that students can look forward to starting this fall.

College of Sciences and Mathematics Dean Nicholas Giordano says the addition includes the astronomy terrace — a rooftop set up so that it can hold 18 telescopes that students can use for their astronomy classes. It also features multiple group study areas and nine new labs.

Giordano says prior to the new addition, different parts of the physics department were housed in various places on campus. Now, he says, they’ll all be under the same roof.

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Information from: WSFA-TV, http://www.wsfa.com/