New Bio, Energy, Nano Building Will Transform CMU
CIT's success is due in part to its collaborative culture. We work across engineering disciplines to tackle complex technical problems and drive innovation. To ensure that CIT remains one of the world's top engineering schools, the university has committed to build a new biomedical engineering, energy, and nanotechnology facility to provide the necessary infrastructure for new discoveries and unparalleled educational opportunities.
Representing a new focal point for CIT, the 100,000 sq. ft. building will house a state-of-the-art nanofabrication facility, the Biomedical Engineering Department, and CMU's Energy Futures Institute. An estimated 200 faculty members and students will be based in the building, whose design and location will foster collaboration. Throughout the structure, there will be shared research labs, and the building itself will be physically connected to other engineering and computer science buildings on campus—Hamerschlag, Wean and Roberts Halls, creating a sense of working "under one roof."
Located at one end of the Mall and overlooking Panther Hollow, the building will transform CMU physically and symbolically by uniting research and education, while also creating a vibrant new center for campus life.
By adjoining historic Hamerschlag Hall, the structure will be located next to the most architecturally significant building on campus, symbolizing a commitment to build upon Carnegie Mellon's strengths to solve pressing problems of the future.
The building will embrace the spirit of the historic Hornbostel campus plan while incorporating a striking contemporary design that complements and accentuates the plan's historic context. With a dramatic vista to Oakland and downtown Pittsburgh, the building will serve as a crossroads of activity and connections. We hope to start construction in 2012, with completion in 2014.
Images are renderings of potential designs for the new bio, energy, nano building. Renderings created by architecture firm OFFICE 52.