This new eight floor plus penthouse tower on campus is part of an effort to further strengthen the institution’s growing reputation as a major producer of intellectual leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators. The 230,000-square-foot Building is designed to foster project teamwork and offer programs, instrumentation areas and core research space that will promote interdisciplinary work, particularly in engineering and related fields.
A significant challenge was connecting the building to one of the School of Engineering’s landmark buildings, Olin Hall, through a double-height atrium. The new facility’s systems (electrical, fire alarm, communications, security) were integrated to operate with the nearly 40-year-old Olin Hal existing systems.
In addition to laboratories, offices and classrooms, cleanroom and advanced imaging facilities are constructed to support advance discoveries in areas such as nanocomposites, smart materials, advanced energy storage and nano‐bio‐technology.