Auburn University is now home to the new Mike Hubbard Center for Advanced Science, Innovation and Commerce.
Auburn University officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to mark the opening of the 84,000-square foot facility.
The center is designed to foster multidisciplinary research, advance the university's academic mission and generate economic development in the state.
"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.
The facility's namesake, Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, helped secure 414.1 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.
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