Lamar University Science & Technology Building
The new 83,000 SF Science & Technology building houses seven instructional labs, 14 science and technology research labs for biology, chemistry, cellular/molecular biology, biochemistry, computation, and engineering and a project instruction room upstairs that overlooks a large maker space lab. An innovation space provides the necessary capabilities to build and prototype special design and interdisciplinary research projects, focused on energy, sustainability, medical devices, and global health at the undergraduate and graduate level.
This project also included the expansion of the existing Central Plant building. This expansion was necessary in order to house a new 800 ton water cooled chiller, chilled water pumps, and new electrical switchgear. The new electrical switchgear is required to provide power to new HVAC equipment and the Science & Technology Building.
The building, the first academic building to be constructed on the LU campus in 40 years, opened in April 2019. The project also included a freestanding, state-of-the-art greenhouse and adjacent pollinator garden to be used for research and instruction.
Project Completion: 2019
Project Budget: Final construction cost: $42,526,120 for Science & Technology Building and $4,986,880 for Central Plant.