Northern Michigan University officials broke ground for the new Jamrich Hall on Thursday.
NMU president David Haynes led the groundbreaking ceremony. Many other officials and students came to witness the event.
The new building will have 24 classrooms, a 24 hour illuminated clock tower, and will be the tallest building on campus.
The building is also designed to be environmentally friendly. President Haynes says this is special to him as he spent so much time in the original Jamrich Hall as a student.
"To be here today and see us building a new state of the art John Jamrich building, where 40 percent of our classes are held, is an incredibly exciting day. This will become the jewel of campus," said Haynes.
The $32 million building is expected to be completed by August of 2014.