Mike Hubbard Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce opens

16 Sep

The Mike Hubbard Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce will house researchers from Auburn’s colleges and schools of Agriculture; Engineering; Sciences and Mathematics; Architecture, Design and Construction; and Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.

Auburn University officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday for its new Mike Hubbard Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce, an 84,000-square-foot facility designed to foster multidisciplinary research, advance the university’s academic mission and generate economic development in the state.

The facility, located in the Auburn Research Park, will enhance Auburn’s scientific research in bioenergy, water quality, food safety and engineering, genomics, information science and ecosystem health. It has 20 high-tech laboratories with specialized equipment, a super computer, seminar rooms and outside features such as two 5-ton cranes for biofuels work.

Researchers from Auburn’s colleges and schools of Agriculture; Engineering; Sciences and Mathematics; Architecture, Design and Construction; and Forestry and Wildlife Sciences will be housed in the building.

“This new facility will provide the ideal environment and infrastructure required to develop, test and implement solutions for Auburn’s strategic research initiatives,” said John Mason, vice president for research at Auburn. “These include our focus on cyber systems and security, energy and the environment, health sciences and food systems and transportation.”

Construction on the $28.8 million center began in late 2011. In June 2012 the Auburn University Board of Trustees voted to name it after Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, who helped secure $14.1 million in state matching funds to accompany a $14.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. Auburn University and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station provided the remaining support and will fund the operation of the center.

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