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Reporters and photographers are invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony at 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, near the corner of Dubuque Street and Iowa Avenue to mark the construction of a new building for the UI biological sciences department.

UI President Mary Sue Coleman, Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and Gary Gussin, professor and head of biological sciences, will be on hand to initiate the building project. The $15 million building is scheduled for completion in January 2000. The four-story, 46,000- square-foot structure will provide new classrooms, laboratory space and a greenhouse for the department.

The new building is the second part of Phase 1 of a plan to provide new space and to renovate existing buildings that make up the Biological Sciences Complex. The remodeling of the Biology Annex for a new departmental library began in June 1997 and is scheduled to be completed this October. Phase 2 will include the remodeling of Old Biology, a building originally built in 1902, as well as Biology I, built in 1963, and Biology II, built in 1970. Those remodeling projects are scheduled to begin in August 1999 and be completed by August 2001.