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Tate Renovation: Construction is Under Way

Architect's rendering showing the new exterior of the Tate Lab of Physics
Architect's rendering showing the new Church Street entrance on Tate Lab of Physics
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The Tate Science and Teaching Renovation project has moved into its two-year construction phase. In preparation, more than two hundred School of Physics and Astronomy faculty members, students and staff had to be relocated to other campus locations. This move was completed in less than the allocated time, allowing for restoration work and demolition for new construction to begin on schedule.

The Tate renovation will preserve the character of the building as a historic part of Northrop Mall, while providing modern lecture halls and classrooms, instructional labs, study spaces, and conference rooms. Highlights of the design include a large atrium, a new entrance on Church Street and greatly improved environmental control and energy efficiency. There will be dedicated space for the Fine Theoretical Physics Institute and the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics, as well as the administrative offices of the School. More than half of the School’s faculty will have offices in the renovated Tate, with the remainder in the Physics and Nanotechnology Building (PAN), which was completed in early 2014. Tate will also be the new home for the teaching and research programs of the Department of Earth Sciences. Construction is scheduled for completion in summer 2017.