The University of Tennessee in the US has started construction work on its new $129m engineering facility.
The 228,000ft² building will house the Jerry E. Stoneking engage programme, the Joseph C. and Judith E. Cook Grand Challenge Honors Program, the Min H. and Yu-Fan Kao Innovation and Collaboration Studio.
The facility will also include the Department of Nuclear Engineering and new advanced engineering research laboratories.
A part of the building will have a secured design to segregate it from the remaining section, as well as prevent disruptions in research during outside events.
University of Tennessee Interim Chancellor Wayne Davis said: “This new complex will make a great impact on the University of Tennessee.
“It will strengthen our reputation and our rankings, provide hands-on learning opportunities for our students, provide new learning spaces for our faculty to share their expertise, and it will be a place for research and innovation.”
All the research laboratories within the engineering facility will be designed to incorporate future requirements.
It will also feature separate space to enable the engineering students to complete their projects and flexible classrooms that can be converted from one room with 128 seats to four smaller rooms with 32 seats.
The engineering research building will also include a grand atrium and a UT Dining P.O.D. Market.
The university has received $90m from the state towards the construction of this project. An additional $29m has been procured from university sources and $10m from private donors under the institution’s Join the Journey campaign.