Louisiana Tech University opened the $40 million Integrated Engineering and Science Building in December of 2019 in Ruston. Designed by Bledsoe Architects, the three-story, 130,000-sf facility offers engaging spaces for project-based learning such as prototyping suites, fabrication labs, and design studios. Collocating departmental functions previously sited in several disparate locations, the collaborative building provides classrooms, study areas, administrative offices, a tiered 150-seat lecture hall, a 200-seat conference venue, and teaching and research labs for engineering, physics, chemistry, and mathematics. A spacious atrium features an open staircase to enhance connectivity and interaction. Construction began on the project in April of 2016.