Brown Univ. breaks ground on engineering building

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Officials say Brown University has broken ground on a new three-story, 80,000 square-foot building on their Providence campus.

The new School of Engineering currently shares space with the physics department and is getting its own home for the first time. Officials say the new Manning Walk structure will include specialized facilities for nanoscale and biomedical engineering, along with two floors of lab space.

The project costs $88 million. The building is expected to open in 2018.

Officials on Thursday also announced that Larry Larson, the current dean of engineering, will become the Sorensen Family Dean of Engineering. Paul Sorensen, a 1971 Brown alumnus, and Joan Sorensen, a 1972 alumna and current Brown trustee, donated $10 million.

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