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Raising the roofs: construction in high gear for new residence halls, academic facilities

MacLean Engineering Sciences Center

The MacLean Engineering Sciences Center under construction (Aug. 4, 2005). (Photo by Charles Rountree '05)

Exterior of the finished building. (Renderings courtesy Koetter, Kim and Associates, Inc.)

A $15 million gift from Mary Ann and Barry MacLean '60, Th'61, will name the new engineering sciences center at the Thayer School of Engineering. Providing new space to accommodate Thayer School's project-centered approach to engineering education, the building's centerpiece will be the innovative Unified Project Laboratory, a comprehensive student design and fabrication facility. It will house all engineering project design, fabrication and instructional laboratory facilities. It will also include a state-of-the-art machine shop, computer-aided design stations, rapid prototyping and reverse engineering facilities, digital and analog electronics labs, materials and mechanical testing labs and spaces for technical staff who support student use of these facilities.

Thayer School's tradition of balancing research with teaching will be maintained in this new mixed-use facility with eight faculty offices together with office spaces for 44 graduate students and a number of research associates, plus six research labs designed to ensure casual interaction between students and faculty. A glass-enclosed atrium will connect the new building to Cummings Hall.

The MacLean Engineering Sciences Center is designed by the architectural firm of Koetter, Kim and Associates, Inc. Construction of the building is under the supervision of Gilbane Building Co. The Center is scheduled to open in the spring of 2006.

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Last Updated: 5/30/08