Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology says a $15 million lead gift from an anonymous donor will fuel construction of a new academic building. The school will break ground in October on the $29 million building, which will include design studios, chemistry laboratories and collaborative workspaces. The institute says the building will open for the 2021-22 school year.
The 60,000-square-foot, three-story building will sit on the east side of campus, between Moench Hall and Myers Hall. The school says the design will provide a "window into Rose," showcasing innovation, laboratory work and student, faculty and staff collaboration.
The building’s first floor will feature design studios for the school’s new engineering design program. It will include prototyping labs, laser-cutting devices, machine tools and a woodworking shop. The second floor will house six flexible classrooms and workspaces for faculty to work on research projects with students.
Rose-Hulman says the laboratories will support work in general, organic, analytical and physical chemistry as well as joint research opportunities for students and faculty. The building will also feature preparation space for experiments, an instrument laboratory and an area for nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy equipment.