TERRE HAUTE - Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will Friday break ground on a new academic building. The $29 million project will include collaboration workspaces, design studios and flexible classrooms, among other amenities.

The school says the building is designed to support "active student engagement through flexible and easily adaptable spaces for student projects and design studios, and breakout space for students and teams to collaborate on projects." It will also feature chemistry laboratories replacing aging facilities currently in use, as well as faculty innovation spaces.

The building will also provide students with a prototyping laboratory, laser-cutting devices, machine tools, and a woodworking shop.

Construction is expected to be complete ahead of the 2021-2022 academic year. The project was spearheaded by a $15 million lead gift from an anonymous donor.