The project site is located south of Alber Student Center and west of the Library Classroom Building, and consisted of an existing parking lot and open lawn and is outlined in the Marion Campus Framework Plan. This building, located in the Academic Core of campus will include teaching and research laboratories for biology, physics, earth sciences and engineering. This building will also include space for the Prairie laboratory and related functions, Greenhouse, Classrooms, Offices and support space, and informal study and gathering spaces throughout the building within lobby and corridors. The building will contain contiguous blocks of laboratories that promote teaching and clear connectivity that create opportunities for student collaboration. This building is conceptually conceived of two floors. This project will be registered with the USGBC for a minimum Silver LEED Certification.
EEI was selected as the Commissioning Authority on this project, which broke ground in October 2015.