The 112,000 SF classroom and office building is designed in a Tuscan order with an entrance portico and terrace. The interior of the building is classically organized with a two-story colonnade surrounding an elliptical lobby. Motorsports engineering, the Center for Precision Design and Metrology, mechanical engineering, thermal/bioengineering, and other technology-rich curricula occupy the facility.
Sustainability and green architecture are hallmarks of the building’s design, with the use of partly recycled materials such as steel, aluminum, glass, and asphalt. The orientation of the building and the natural fall of the site minimize solar heat gain and maximize efficiency of the HVAC systems. With its vibration-and-light-sensitive laboratories, the engineering research building is built into the hillside to maximize insulation and isolation. Insulated low-E glazing is used throughout, with electronically-controlled lighting using multiple and zonal settings