ENGINEERING NEWS

Update on Tech Construction

The Technological Institute is expanding in multiple areas: construction crews are currently working on infills between the B and C wings and between F and G wings, and are also constructing new office space on top of the F wing.

The expansion project is set to add more than 90,000 square-feet to Tech that will include office space, lab space, and a new cross-disciplinary biomedical research building. (Check out regular construction updates here.)

The most visible project right now is the construction on top of the F wing. This is space for the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and will include 20 faculty offices, two staff offices, six graduate student offices, and two post-doctoral offices.

The project is part of the FG wings infill on the south side of Tech. When the project is finished, there will be an addition of 49,000 square feet that will include lab and office space for both McCormick and Weinberg. It will include a new shared cleanroom facility that will support new equipment for interdisciplinary research. The room will occupy approximately 6,800 square feet on the ground floor, and the rest of that floor will be allocated to the physics department. The second through fourth floors of the addition will provide space for Department of Earth and Planetary Science as well as an atrium to provide for natural daylight to areas in the existing building and new addition. A mechanical room will be added on the fifth floor.

Crews are currently working on the foundation of the FG infill.

The BC infill, known as the Engineering Life Sciences facility, will provide office and laboratory space for multiple engineering faculty in the life sciences. It will be the permanent home for the Integrated Molecular Structure Education and Research Center (IMSERC), which will cover nearly 12,000 square feet and provide analytic services across the life and biomedical sciences. The building will also include 17,000 square feet of laboratories and about 8,000 square feet of offices.

Crews are currently backfilling this area and will pour the first-floor concrete in mid-November. The BC/FG fourth floor offices that are attached to the building will be finished in August 2011, and the entire project should be finished by August 2012.