A vacant greenhouse next to the Library and Learning Center on the St. Paul campus will gain new life thanks to a $400,000 appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature. By 2019, the building will become the GROW-IT Center, an inclusive research center for students, faculty and the community.
GROW-IT is an acronym for Gateway for Research, Outreach, Workforce Development, Innovation and Teaching
The greenhouse will be renovated extensively. Three research bays will be converted into one large growing space. An additional restroom will be built and an office will be moved. A front room will host workshops and classes
Professor Mark Asplen of the Natural Sciences Department has overseen the scientific side of the project. The planning team believes that the GROW-IT Center will be a boon to students studying a variety of subjects, from chemistry to nursing to psychology. “You’re going to have scientists working right next to psychologists and people in other programs,” said Asplen. “Being close together can build collaboration.
The building has a long history as a space for scientific research. Commissioned and built by the Minnesota Biological Pest Control Research Program in 1998, it was used to study the impact of invasive insectsRead The Full Article