Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is set to break ground on a new academic building in October.
The three-story building will provide collaboration workspaces, design studios, flexible classrooms, chemistry laboratories and faculty innovation spaces.
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Oct. 6 for the 60,000-sq.-ft. building on the east side of campus, between Moench Hall and Myers Hall. The $29-million building will open for the 2021-22 school year.
“The design of this new academic building reflects our focus on active engagement in learning within a collaborative, mentoring environment,” president Jim Conwell said in a statement. “We’re grateful to our lead donor for supporting our vision for science, engineering and math education, and excited about the opportunities that lie ahead as a result of this generous gift.”
The first floor of the new building will host flexible and easily adaptable design spaces for student projects and design studios for the new engineering design academic program. Students and teams will be able to utilize breakout spaces throughout the floor to collaborate on projects. Students also will have access to a prototyping laboratory, laser-cutting devices, machine tools and a woodworking shop, according to the college.
Six classrooms with flexible learning spaces will be featured on the second floor, along with three breakout rooms and booths for student workspaces. Innovation spaces will allow faculty to work on research projects with students.
New state-of-the-art chemistry laboratories will provide separate spaces for instruction and hands-on learning of general, organic, analytical and physical chemistry, and undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry research with faculty, according to the college.
There will be dedicated space for preparing chemistry and biochemistry experiments before moving activities to a laboratory, and facilities for faculty and students to explore edible chemistry projects. An instrument laboratory and an area for nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy equipment also will be included.