Building for the 21st Century
OUR EXCEPTIONAL faculty and students are ready to solve these and other global challenges—challenges that will define our field in the coming decades. We have the expertise and intellectual capital. What we lack are 21st Century facilities for teaching, research and collaboration.
To assure our continued excellence, we must forge ahead quickly with four key initiatives.
Upgrade Undergraduate Lab and Classroom Space on Central Campus
Constructed more than 100 years ago, West Hall houses the Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory. Making the best possible use of this historic structure will require both preservation and upgrades. Planned improvements include strategic and long-overdue enhancements to the Marine Hydrodynamics Laboratory entrance as well as construction of an open “collaboratory” that supports undergraduate education by providing lecture and meeting spaces along with access to computational workstations.
Construct a New NAME Building on North Campus
Our current North Campus facility has one single classroom, inadequate faculty and staff offices, outdated labs and only a few haphazard spaces for student interaction. Located adjacent to the existing NAME facility, a new and modern 14,000 square foot building will contain carefully planned student design and computer labs, two new classrooms, a student lounge and ample office space for faculty and staff.
Renovate the Current NAME Building
The current building will be optimally reconfigured to accommodate team projects in which students work simultaneously. New teaching and research spaces will make it possible for NAME to host specialists and adjunct faculty from around the world. State-of-the-art communications technology will enable us to engage both physically and digitally with colleagues, students and industry partners in every corner of the globe.
Construct and Equip an Arctic Research Laboratory
Renovation of the current building will enable us to recover 7,000 square feet of space for a new Science and Engineering for Arctic Ice Conditions and Environment (SEAICE) Laboratory. Designed for education and basic research, including the testing of underwater robots, this new facility will allow us to effectively compete in a vitally important area of international research. The building will include a small-scale environmental basin (~20W x 40L x 12D feet) and will be capable of creating multiple types of ice in fresh and saltwater conditions.