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School of Engineering Expansion

University of Kansas

New spaces for engineering instruction and research.

The original School of Engineering complex at the University of Kansas housed 350,000 gross square feet of research, instructional and support spaces. With a goal to increase the number of graduates by 50% annually, it lacked the capacity to support the student, faculty and staff increases. Treanor Architects has been involved in the $105M expansion effort since 2010, starting with the engineering complex master plan and the design of the first new building, the Measurement, Materials and Sustainable Environment Center.

The second phase adds 169,932 gross square feet of instructional spaces, academic program support and tutoring areas, student fabrication, student project spaces, project development, and core and research laboratories to the existing complex on the main campus, as well as a high bay structure on the West Campus.

The instructional facilities and the new learning environments support new teaching methods, and accommodate the inevitable changes and new developments in pedagogies and learning styles. The collaborative laboratories and academic support spaces are designed to create a bridge between instruction, peer support and overall student development.

The student project fabrication spaces have flexible infrastructure systems to allow design and fabrication of multiple types of projects. The project development/research laboratories include core laboratory spaces designed to provide analytical services for both School of Engineering research programs as well as research efforts across the KU campus.

This facility meets and exceeds the ASHRAE 90.1 baseline energy efficiency standards by a minimum of 30%.

Watch this video from the groundbreaking ceremony: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZWhuHC5ncQ&feature=share&list=UUp5ttWYV8FhS-Fp3gmS-4vQ