Brown officials announced in March that they had settled on a location for the building between Olive and Meeting streets, on a block where a pizza shop and a post office now stand. In addition to raising money to pay for the life-sciences center, the University must now select an architect. The hope is to break ground in the fall.
Other construction projects recently completed or under way around campus:
• An $8.5 million expansion of Barus & Holley, in the form of a two-level, 17,000-square-foot addition to the buildingat the intersection of George and Brook streets. The project turns a parking lot into classroom space for physics and engineering.
• Conversion of the former Sayles Gym into Smith-Buonanno Hall, which contains classrooms, a seminar room, and a 128-seat lecture hall. The $6.2 million renovation has preserved the architecture of the old gymnasium, while adding state-of-the-art multimedia systems.
• A new $18.7 million home for the Watson Institute for International Studies, to be built on Thayer Street between Charlesfield and Benevolent.
• Construction of a new $10 million building for the English Department on the corner of Brown and Angell streets.