Vanderbilt University officials announced today that the VU Board of Trust has approved the construction of a $109 million Engineering and Science Building.
On-site work on the 230,000-square-foot seven-story building is scheduled to begin in May following the university’s commencement exercises. VU is targeting a summer 2016 completion.
The Engineering and Science Building will be located at the southeast corner of the intersection of Garland and 25th avenues. No building will need to be demolished to accommodate construction.
The building will connect to the distinctive Olin Hall (seen in the below image to the left) through a double-height atrium that will lead to a “highly interactive learning and research environment,” the release states. The nearly 40-year-old Olin Hall, designed with a modernist aesthetic, houses the mechanical engineering and chemical and biomolecular engineering departments.
Boston-based Wilson Architects Inc. has designed the Engineering and Science Building, a key feature of which will be an Innovation Center designed to connect students and faculty with technology transfer and industry mentors to accelerate the transfer of laboratory discoveries and student-developed concepts to the marketplace.
“We want to continue to attract and recruit the best students and provide them with exceptional research experiences at the undergraduate and graduate levels,” Philippe Fauchet (pictured), dean of the Vanderbilt School of Engineering, said in the release. “This new facility will allow for even greater collaboration between students and faculty across disciplines so we can deliver scholarship of the highest caliber to address important societal issues.”
An undergraduate commons in the building will feature student-centered space. Located next to the research laboratories and above the Innovation Center, the commons will help connect students with other researchers.
A cleanroom and advanced imaging facilities will provide students and faculty the chance to advance discoveries in areas such as nanocomposites, smart materials, advanced energy storage and nanobiotechnology.
Five floors of the building will be able to support research laboratories and trans-institutional programs designed to attract and retain top academic leadership in the School of Engineering, the College of Arts and Science and the School of Medicine.
(Image courtesy of Wilson Architects Inc.)
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