The Opportunity

Founded in 1925, the J.B. Speed School of Engineering has evolved over the years and reached a point where our growth has surpassed our existing capacity. Currently, our esteemed school is spread across eight buildings, accommodating a dedicated team of over 230 faculty and staff members. With an enrollment of over 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students, our classrooms and laboratories face limitations in space availability. The situation is exacerbated by the shortage of faculty and staff offices, leading to double or even triple occupancy. Moreover, the lack of designated student interaction and study areas further compounds these challenges. However, we see these obstacles as an exceptional opportunity for transformation and progress.

The $86 million 114,000-square-foot building will have four stories and feature several unique elements including:

  • Engineering Fundamentals 111 Instructional Lab & Maker Space
  • Engineering Garage
  • Engineering Innovation Studio Collaboration Hub (Competition Team Lounge, Huddle and Team Collaboration Room)
  • The “One-Stop” Student Success Reception and Study Lounge (concierge-type receiving area for student support departmental offices, including undergraduate affairs, graduate studies, admissions/outreach and career services)
  • Student Hub/ Student Lounge & Informal Study Areas
  • Large Active Learning Classrooms Cluster

The world-class building stands tall as a beacon of progress, symbolizing innovation and excellence in academia. More than just a physical structure, it embodies the aspirations of a community committed to fostering collaboration, discovery, and student success. Within its walls, minds converge, ideas flourish, and boundaries are transcended. It serves as a nexus where scholars, researchers, and students from diverse backgrounds come together to exchange knowledge, spark creativity, and pioneer groundbreaking solutions to global challenges. With state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge technology, this building not only facilitates academic pursuits but also cultivates an environment of inclusivity and empowerment.

It is more than just a building; it is the heart of a dynamic ecosystem dedicated to shaping the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.