The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, has announced a $15 million gift from an anonymous donor toward construction of a building for its new engineering design program.
The three-story, 60,000-square-foot building on the east side of campus will provide adaptable and collaborative workspaces for student project and design studios — including a prototyping laboratory, laser-cutting devices, machine tools, and a woodworking shop. Other features include classrooms with flexible learning spaces, innovation spaces where faculty can work on research projects with students, an instrument laboratory, and an area for nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy equipment. The $29 million facility is expected to open in time for the 2021-22 academic year.
"The design of this new academic building reflects our focus on active engagement in learning within a collaborative, mentoring environment," said the institute's president, Jim Conwell. "We're grateful to our lead donor for supporting our vision for science, engineering, and math education and excited about the opportunities that lie ahead as a result of this generous gift."