SLU to Dedicate New $50 Million Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building
Saint Louis University will host a virtual dedication ceremony for the new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building on Saturday, Sept. 26. The event will be live-streamed at 10 a.m. on the University’s official Facebook page and the SLU website.
The ceremony is one of the signature events of the 2020 Alumni and Family Weekend, which is being held virtually this year due to COVID-19. Following the dedication, there will be a video sneak peek of the new the 90,000-square-foot, three-story building and programs housed within it.
The $50 million facility features teaching lab spaces for bioinformatics, biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, neuroscience and computer science courses that support all science, engineering, nursing and health science majors at SLU. The building also includes:
- 10,000 square feet in research space
- An active learning classroom that can seat up to 210
- Formal and informal collaboration and gathering spaces
- A research computing and data visualization support center
- A large, three-story atrium
The Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building was designed by Hastings+Chivetta, which also designed the Grand and Spring residence halls. BSI Constructors Inc. served as the project’s general contractor.
In keeping with the building’s name, an interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff and students led the programming phase of the project. Michelle Sabick, Ph.D., dean of Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology; and Kenneth Olliff, vice president for research and partnerships, co-chaired the committee.
Research interests from around SLU are represented in the building, including:
- The WATER Institute
- PATH - People and Technology Horizon
- SLU Center for Additive Manufacturing
- Computer Science
- The Walter J. Ong, S.J. Center for Digital Humanities
- Computational/Structural Biology
The departments of biology and chemistry also have teaching labs in the building.
For those unable to view the building dedication live, it will be posted to Facebook and SLU’s official YouTube Channel.