MOSCOW, Idaho -

A new building to be constructed at the University of Idaho is designed to help spark new ideas, according to professor Holly Wichman.

The $49 million building is called the Integrated Research and Innovation Center.

Wichman, a professor in biological sciences, says she believes interdisciplinary research will lead to more innovative thinking and new ideas. It also will teach students how to work together on a common project or research initiative.

The Lewiston Tribune reports the groundbreaking ceremony for the 69,000-square-foot building will be Friday morning.