LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming's Science Initiative Building will begin construction in spring 2019 with the goal of being completed by early 2021.

The $100 million Science Initiative Building project will contain a 200-seat active-learning classroom, along with state-of-the-art research and laboratory space to support scientific imaging, biological and greenhouse research.

It is part of a wide-ranging effort by the university to make UW a premier science institution through multidisciplinary research.

A news release from the university states the Science Initiative will, among other things, enable world-class research and education in the pillars of Wyoming's present and future economy, which is largely reliant on mineral extraction.