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As new buildings rise in Syracuse or transportation infrastructure is improved, the next budding construction and civil engineers could also be dreaming up new designs and solutions. Syracuse University cut the ribbon on a new construction engineering lab this morning. The space will allow students to create practice exercises similar to actual construction site activity.

Chancellor Kent Syverud thinks the lab could have a real connection between future area projects and students.

  Syracuse-area school officials and the business community have been touting the advantage of studying the so-called STEM skills for years now.  Anyone from high school to college to a worker who's retraining has  been urged to get into Science, Technology, Engineering or Math fields to help them get a job.