Photo: Penn State College of Engineering.
Penn State celebrated a ribbon cutting at its new $88M Engineering Design and Innovation Building on the west end of campus. The building features “cornerstone to capstone” maker spaces to help undergraduates collaborate with academia and industry partners to solve real-world problems.
The building, which is formally known as West 2 is part of a $1 billion revitalization effort on the west end of campus.
According to the university, about 2,100 square feet of the building are devoted to general purpose classroom space while another 8,200 square feet are set aside in support of research. The building also includes 11 total classrooms, a high-bay research space, a number of maker’s spaces and collaborative areas — all for a college that’s grown more than 40% in 15 years.
The EDIB also boasts expanded areas for The Learning Factory and the Factory for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) Lab, in addition to housing the School of Engineering Design and Innovation. Penn State is still in the process of moving into the building, with machinery and other equipment that still must be added. The university expects the EDIB to be fully ready by this fall.
You can read more about the facility and how its poised to impact Engineering — and moving inventions into commercialization at the Centre Daily Times.