TSU Breaks Ground on New Agriculture
NASHVILLE, TN - June 7, 2012 (TSU
News Service) — Tennessee State University is getting ready to
break ground of the first new academic building in nearly six years.
The University broke ground on the new Agricultural Biotechnology
Research Building Wednesday, June 6 in a ceremony that took
place at 10 a.m. The new 30,000 square foot building is estimated to
cost around $7 million and will be covered through funding from the
U.S. Department of Agriculture. Construction will begin in July and
is expected to be completed during the Fall Semester 2013.
Dignitaries expected to be in attendance at the ceremony include Dr.
Sonny Ramaswamy, Director of the National Institute of Food
andAgriculture; Senator Thelma Harper; Julius Johnson, Commissioner
of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture; and Dr. Portia Shields,
President of Tennessee State University. Tennessee Board of Regents
Chancellor John Morgan, Chancellor of the Tennessee Institute of
Agriculture Larry Arrington, and Pat Bagley, Dean of the Agriculture
and Human Science at Tennessee Tech University will also be in
When complete, the new Ag-Bio Research Building will house and
support primarily agriculture research and provide working space for
more than 20 new Ph.D. level scientists that have joined the
University in the past 18 months.
The construction of the new building comes on the heels of recently
completed agricultural facilities including six new green houses and
landscape studio. According to Dr. Chandra Reddy, Dean of the
College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences, the University
is trying to meet the growing needs of research space for the
College’s increasing number of faculty and students.
“To meet our fast-growing needs, we will also be building a new
agricultural Education Building and a new field research lab for the
use of undergraduate and graduate student education and research
purposes soon,” said Reddy.