The overarching goal of this new facility is to improve and enhance the undergraduate learning experience, support experiential teaching and learning, attract and retain more students in STEM disciplines, and better prepare those students for professional careers in fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
This new facility will support primarily laboratory-based instruction. Preliminary planning anticipates construction of a facility that will house undergraduate teaching laboratories for biological related sciences, chemistry, physics, and engineering disciplines in a central campus location. The teaching laboratories will emphasize active-learning design concepts, and provide a range of sizes to best accommodate freshman-level and upperclassmen courses. The teaching laboratories will be modular and flexible in design, incorporate and leverage the use of modern building systems and technology, and allow academic programs to respond to changing instructional models, including student research. In addition to wet bench teaching laboratories, the facility is will also include computer labs, informal study areas, breakout spaces, and support spaces.
The design includes energy conservation measures that will create significant energy savings from baseline ASHRAE, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and overall energy demand.