An extension of the Measurement, Materials & Sustainable Environment Center at the School of Engineering, LEEP2 was dedicated Oct. 30, 2015. It has three stories in 110,000 square feet and extends west and south to the area formerly occupied by Burt Hall.
The facility has six multimedia, active-learning classrooms, eight teaching laboratories, four shared research spaces, and individual research spaces for new faculty, a remodeled library, and a café. It also houses the Engineering Career Center, undergraduate student recruitment and retention services, student meeting rooms and group offices, informal study areas, and graduate student offices.
Several features were made possible by individual and corporate donors. The atrium is dedicated to Brian McClendon, 1986 KU electrical engineering graduate, co-creator of Google Earth, and 2015 inductee to the National Academy of Engineering; other donors include Burns & McDonnell and Textron Aviation.
Part of an $80 million expansion of the engineering complex, the project received initial funding of $35 million in bonding authority through the University Engineering Initiative Act of 2011. A combination of donor gifts through KU Endowment and funds from the KU Center for Research, industry partners, and other university funds leveraged the state's investment.