MTSU President Sidney McPhee claps while watching the final beam of steal being raised into place Jan. 11, 2013, on the new Science Building on campus, located in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photo submitted)
Middle Tennessee State University President Sidney A. McPhee celebrated Friday as the final beam of steel was raised into place at the Science Building construction site on campus.
A signed beam with MTSU and Turner logos on opposite ends was set by Turner team members atop the facility, which is 30 percent complete and scheduled to open in early 2015, with a projected 250,000-plus gross square feet of space.
State Sens. Bill Ketron and Jim Tracy, and state Reps. Joe Carr, Mike Sparks and Dawn White attended the event. Ketron, Carr and White are all alumni of the university.
Former state Rep. John Hood, an alumnus who staunchly backed construction of the Science Building while serving in the Tennessee House of Representatives, also attended. Today, Hood serves as director of Governmental and Community Affairs for the university.