Construction began on the $40 million, three-story research center in fall 2004, and it was dedicated March 6, 2006. Housed in its 106,000 square feet are about 200 researchers, faculty, students and staff in engineering, chemistry, biology, geology and other natural sciences who do collaborative research in bioinformatics, drug discovery and nanoscience, among other fields.
The triangular building also houses laboratories; workrooms, offices and conference rooms; and research support spaces. The building was financed by bonds issued by the Kansas Development Finance Authority and funded by the KU Center for Research. Cannon Design of St. Louis was the architect, and KU Endowment gave the land.