STORRS, Conn. (AP) – The University of Connecticut has broken ground for a new $95 million engineering and science building.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy joined UConn president Susan Herbst and other dignitaries for the Wednesday ceremony at the site of the planned 118,000-square-foot building.

It is designed to house laboratories for UConn’s genomics, biomedical, chemical engineering, and cyber system research programs.

The building is being paid for using $60 million from the 21st Century UConn expansion project and $35 million from the Next Generation Connecticut project, which is designed to expand educational opportunities, research, and innovation in the science, technology, engineering, and math.

School officials say the building will feature an open floor layout designed to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and to allow scientists to share both knowledge and lab equipment.

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