Georgia Southern Engineering and Research Building
When Georgia Southern University planned a new facility to consolidate its engineering programs, it knew that hands-on learning with real-world technologies would be key in preparing its students for 21st-century engineering professions. It also sought to strengthen relationships with regional industry partners in southeast Georgia’s manufacturing and engineering sectors.
The Engineering and Research Building has quickly established itself as a hub of engineering excellence and innovation in southeast Georgia. Home to
The heart of the building is a 350-foot-long, two-story high bay space. Laboratory zones provide advanced-level opportunities for students to work with highly specialized equipment in the fields of robotics and automated manufacturing, nano materials manufacturing, industrial instrumentation and controls, materials science and several other specialties. The various manufacturing processes demanded
The high bay is the first thing visitors see when entering the building, visible through full height glazing at the main entry that houses a student collaboration space. This impactful entry also serves as the beginning of building tours that are frequently given to industry guests and potential students and faculty. Three levels of academic learning spaces and instructional research labs, including one of southeast Georgia’s only ISO Class 7 cleanrooms, run parallel to the high bay space in the building. Substantial glazing throughout the building and numerous observation areas overlooking the high bay showcase the advanced equipment and the hands-on, real-world learning that exemplifies the Georgia Southern’s engineering programs. The roof houses a solar and wind environmental lab for experimentation with energy generation.