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Laboratory Classroom Construction to Begin in Loftsgard Hall

Remodeling work to convert Room 116 in Loftsgard Hall into laboratory classroom space will begin this summer.

June 2, 2015

A remodeling project will be starting soon in Loftsgard Hall. Room 116, which currently houses growth chamber space, will be converted into a technology-rich wet/dry laboratory space for the large numbers of students who take undergraduate Plant Sciences courses each school year.

Five popular Plant Sciences courses that are taken by more than 500 students each semester are World Food Crops (PLSC 110), Weed Identification (PLSC 215), Principles of Crop Production (PLSC 225), Genetics (PLSC 315) and Principles of Weed Science (PLSC 323). Each of these classes is required for Plant Sciences majors, and Genetics (PLSC 315) is required for numerous majors campus-wide. The laboratory will hold up to 36 students.

The new laboratory classroom will be used full-time during the school year. Laboratory classes are conducted 30 hours per week in the fall semester and 37 hours per week in the spring semester. The space was planned to have maximum flexibility to simplify preparation and to accommodate the different needs of each class. Modular design will allow quick changes of classroom configurations, roll-out cabinets will hold equipment such as microscopes, and easy clean floors and sinks with soil traps will allow quick cleanup and preparation. Plans are to complete the remodeling in 2016.

Dr. Richard Horsley, head of the Department of Plant Sciences, says he is excited the department will be able to provide the newest teaching technologies and a top quality learning environment for Plant Sciences students. 

Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,

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