MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A major building boom is underway at one local university, and the latest project at Middle Tennessee State University is a step closer to completion.
On Friday, officials at MTSU topped out the new $147 million science building on the Murfreesboro campus. Construction workers, lawmakers, and educators all sign the final beam that was hoisted into place.
Among them was former student Jamie Brewer who is now the project manager on the building. Brewer said, "I had hoped to come back and be part of this."
The science building isn't the only new addition. There are several new buildings all over the campus. In fact, there's been $800 million worth of construction at MTSU in just the past 10 years. That includes a $77 million student center that just opened last year.
The building boom is corresponding with a big increase in enrollment. The school's enrollment has quadrupled in size in the past 45 years. There were just 6,700 students back in 1968, now they're closing in on 30,000.
The school's President, Dr. Sidney McPhee says, "It's been an evolution for many years, and I think when you look at the graduates they're staying right here in Middle Tennessee." He says that's all helping the state move forward.
The Science Building is set to open in the summer of next year. Turner Construction is not only doing the work, on Friday the company also committed to three scholarships to MTSU.