The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute is breaking ground on a new $29 million academic building that will provide collaboration workspaces, design studios, flexible classrooms, chemistry laboratories and faculty innovation spaces.
Supported through a $15 million lead gift from an anonymous donor, the $29 million academic building is scheduled to be available for the 2021-22 school year.
The building has been designed to support active student engagement through flexible and easily adaptable spaces for student projects and design studios, and breakout space for students and teams to collaborate on projects. A central atrium and lots of interior and exterior glass will showcase the work taking place within, making it a “window into Rose” concept that showcases curricular innovation, laboratory activities and teamwork among students, faculty and staff members.
“The design of this new academic building reflects our focus on active engagement in learning within a collaborative, mentoring environment,” says Rose-Hulman president Jim Conwell.
Anne Houtman, provost and vice-president for academic affairs, says in a statement that flexible learning classrooms and innovation spaces will more easily integrate instruction with exploration. Also, new state-of-the-art chemistry laboratories, replacing aging facilities currently in use, 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.
The building will give students access to a prototyping laboratory, laser-cutting devices, machine tools and a woodworking shop.