Boise State University, nationally and internationally recognized for research work in the areas of novel materials, biological sciences and nanotechnology, has begun construction on the $50 million Micron Center for Materials Research.
The world-class materials science research facility, located at 1435 University Drive, adjacent to the Charles P. Ruch Engineering Building, will be a four-story facility on 85,000-square-foot area. The research center will provide more than 40 research laboratories and spaces, state-of-the-art teaching spaces, a 250-seat lecture hall, two 80-seat classrooms, offices, and workspaces. Two classrooms and a lecture hall will be available for university-wide classes.
Bob Kustra, President, Boise State, said, “The success of our materials science program and that of industry are intertwined. Not only will this center further differentiate Boise State University, but a program of this stature also will create new knowledge that is vital to growing high-tech, science and engineering-related industries and associated economic development in the Treasure Valley and beyond.”
The Micron Center for Materials Research is scheduled to be ready by spring 2020. The Micron Technology Foundation Inc. has pledged $25 million, the largest single gift to Boise State thus far, for the Micron Center for Materials Research. Other funding will be covered by $10 million from the state of Idaho’s permanent building fund, $15 million in university bonds and $500,000 from other donors.
Scott DeBoer, Micron Technology Executive Vice President, commented, “Micron and the Micron Foundation are pleased to participate in the groundbreaking of the Micron Center for Materials Research building. Investments in world-class research capabilities are essential to both Micron and Boise State University. And, this facility continues to demonstrate Micron and Boise State’s longstanding partnership in pursuit of building strong science and technology centers of excellence for the Boise area.”