This building incorporates a high bay facility for research, testing and developing large structural systems such as concrete piers or steel girder connections for bridges; and a student projects fabrication center for design competition teams and students in capstone design courses. Faculty and students in several School of Engineering departments use the 24,700-square-foot building, completed in summer 2014.
It is part of an $80 million, two-building expansion effort in the School of Engineering, known as the Learned Engineering Expansion, Phase 2. The project received initial funding of $35 million in bonding authority through the University Engineering Initiative Act of 2011. Donor gifts through KU Endowment and funds from the KU Center for Research, industry partners and other university funds support