The largest gift ever awarded by the foundation will support construction of a $75 million building that will more than double the size of the existing facility and feature technology-rich labs, flexible classrooms, and spaces that foster formal and informal collaboration. The new hall will be constructed on the same location as the current hall on Frew Street, near Flagstaff Hill and adjacent to a planned engineering quad.
The original Scaife Hall was named after Alan Scaife, a longtime benefactor of Carnegie Mellon and the father of Richard M. Scaife, who founded the Allegheny Foundation in 1953. The foundation, which supports initiatives in southwestern Pennsylvania in the areas of education, civic development, and historic preservation, has previously supported projects in CMU's Mellon College of Science and School of Computer Science.
"This new building will elevate the space and laboratories necessary for us to continue to do the groundbreaking research and world-class teaching the college is known for around the world," said Jim Garrett, dean of the College of Engineering. "Engineering and the future engineering workforce will play a significant role in defining our ever-changing world, and we are grateful for how the Allegheny Foundation's support will advance our important mission."