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The KU School of Engineering's educational efforts are primarily located on the main KU campus. However, research centers and laboratories are found not only in the Engineering Complex but also at other facilities on and off the KU Lawrence campus.
KU Engineering Expansion Project
A NEW FRONT DOOR FOR ENGINEERING
More and more students are choosing to earn their engineering and computing degrees at the University of Kansas. KU Engineering’s undergraduate enrollment is expected to grow by 60 percent as established in the school’s Building on Excellence Initiative. To meet increasing demand, the School of Engineering must add 60 percent to the school’s footprint. The KU Engineering Expansion Project offers premier work and study space that will carry the school to greater heights.
The expansion includes:
- $105 million investment in facilities
- Four new structures – two on the main campus and two on KU’s West Campus – totalling 185,000 square feet
- Innovative “active-learning” classrooms that promote understanding
- Student success areas for new student recruitment, projects, tutoring and retention, and collaboration
- An enhanced career center
- Teaching and research labs
- A grand entry – a new front door – and integration into the engineering complex
A facet of the expansion takes place on KU’s West Campus and provides space for:
- Capstone design projects
- Student competition projects
- Fabrication and machine shops
Large-scale structures research A student project center and the new Hill Engineering Research and Development Center add more than 7,000 square feet for student capstone projects and student groups, such as:
- Jayhawk Motorsports
- Aerospace Heavylift Team
- Chem-E Car Team
- Engineers Without Borders
- KU EcoHawks
M2SEC research center opens (46,898 sq. ft.)
Hill Engineering Research & Development Center opens (4,350 sq. ft.)
West Campus Building opens (24,709 sq. ft.)
Main Campus Building opens (109,819 sq. ft.)
These areas will let students work with faculty to expand their knowledge, explore their creativity and develop their potential. The West Campus site also will become home to a revolutionary structural testing facility, with a 40-foot strong wall and two 20-ton cranes.
“The designs incorporate features students have said they want and need – student organization offices, more group study space and enhanced computing and library resources."
— Mason Jones, Chemical Engineering, 2014
BUILDING ON EXCELLENCE INITIATIVE GOALS & PROGRESS
- 60% growth in B.S. graduates by 2021
- 60% growth in Ph.D. graduates by 2021
- 30 additional faculty by 2018
- 38% growth in undergraduate graduates since 2008
- 42% growth in doctoral student graduates since 2008
- 9 additional faculty since 2012
BUILDING FOR STUDENT SUCCESS
Every element of new space is designed to cultivate student success:
- State-of-the-art classrooms that enhance access to cutting-edge curriculum
- Teaching and research laboratories that allow students to apply what they learn and push the boundaries
- Collaboration and study spaces, which are critical for students to hone their teamwork and communication skills while building their technical expertise
The main building will become the new front door for the KU School of Engineering and home for:
- Student recruitment, with - A celebratory entry - Meeting space for prospective students and their families
- Retention efforts, such as tutoring
- Group and individual study space - Student organization space - Project workrooms & resources
- Engineering Career Center The structure’s grand entry will showcase engineering at KU. A distinctive atrium will greet prospective students with displays and study areas bathed in natural light.
“The expansion not only shows that the engineering school is interested in giving students the best, but also that the school is able to continue growing for years to come.”
— Joci Hansen, Architectural Engineering, 2015
The expansion also will renovate portions of Spahr Engineering Library, opening the floor plan while also providing small group study rooms, space for student organizations to meet and a workroom to tackle a variety of projects. This multi-use area will become a crossroads for engineering and computing students – a place to connect, cultivate and create – and a small café will fuel students in the middle of something big.
‘ACTIVE-LEARNING’ CLASSROOMS FOR DEEPER UNDERSTANDING
Additional classroom space in the new Main Campus Building helps ensure students spend more time learning and developing ideas.
The new classroom designs foster active-learning teaching techniques:
- Provide a higher quality classroom experience
- Reach different learning styles
- Promote student interaction and communication skills
- Accommodate a variety of classroom sizes
Unlike a traditional tiered lecture hall, these “active” or “flipped” classrooms have flat floors, white boards, tables for groups of students to interact collaboratively and a variety of novel audio-visual devices to ensure students can view and share ideas and information from every point in the room, regardless of class size.
- One 160-seat classroom
- One 120-seat classroom
- One 90-seat classroom
- Three 60-seat classrooms
“In every class and project, students are working in pairs or small groups to solve problems, so the new active-learning classrooms will pull this atmosphere into the classroom environment.”
— Amanda Parks, Electrical Engineering, 2015
The KU School of Engineering is nearing completion on a major expansion (pdf) that will increase the size of the student body, research endeavors and opportunities for students and faculty. Phase 2, which will consist largely of student-oriented spaces is expected to open for the start of the Fall 2015 semester. Phase I, the Measurement, Materials & Sustainable Environment Center (M2SEC) research facility, was formally in 2012.
Visitor parking is readily available near the School of Engineering Complex in the Allen Fieldhouse Parking Garage (pdf). A short walk north puts you in touch with world-class research and outstanding teaching in engineering and computer science.
The School of Engineering has several mediated rooms in Eaton Hall and Learned Hall that, when not in use for official university business, can be reserved for use by School of Engineering student organizations, or school faculty and staff for school related activities. Student organizations should fill out and submit the Room Reservation Request form to reserve space managed by the Dean's Office.