The three-story, 36,000-square-foot academic building features a welcoming, expansive lobby at the first floor, as well as ample study, hangout, and collaboration spaces for students. On the second and third floors, faculty offices, clinic and project studios, teaching and research laboratories and collaboration spaces serve the computer science program. The now contiguous computer science space brings together previously fragmented elements such as student project areas, clinic program work areas and computer labs. These floors encircle a central courtyard that brings transparency and natural light to the building’s circulation spaces.
At the heart of the building’s first floor is the multi-disciplinary,
collaborative makerspace that creates one large open workspace for
networking and socialization. The space’s zoned layout includes a
collaborative lounge, co-working and idea development areas with a
welding station, 3D printer, robotics lab and laser cutter. To
complement the rapid prototyping and light-to-medium fabrication spaces,
the makerspace is adjacent to renovated and repositioned metal and wood
machine shops, which provide for heavy fabrication needs.