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Ground broken on new home for NC State Statistics Department

One of the nation’s oldest statistics departments is soon to have a new home.

On Oct. 13, about 150 faculty, alumni and friends gathered on the NC State campus for a groundbreaking ceremony for a new $32.5 million, 119,000 sq.-ft. Mathematics and Statistics Building.

The building will feature modern teaching technologies, and will be the new home of both the Mathematics and Statistics departments. The building will provide classrooms, computer laboratories, offices and gathering spaces for students and faculty.

The project is a part of the University of North Carolina Higher Education Bond Referendum, passed by the state’s citizens in 2000. Originally, renovation funds had been set aside for Harrelson Hall, a round building that housed the Mathematics Department. However, a close examination found that it was more economical to redirect the funds toward new construction.
This presented the opportunity to house both the Mathematics and Statistics departments, providing more efficient use of space, equipment and facilities while providing a more collaborative environment for students and faculty.

During the ceremony, John Sall, executive vice president and co-founder of SAS, announced that the company had made a significant contribution to ensure that the building would fully accommodate both departments.

“At SAS, we truly understand the importance of the mathematical and statistical sciences, and we believe that it is vital that students in these disciplines are able to learn in an environment that provides state-of-the-art facilities and instructional technologies,” Sall said. “It’s also critical that they participate in the kind of collaborative initiatives they’ll experience in the work place. This building will create this kind of learning environment.” The building should be completed by October of 2008.