Wake Technical Community College opened the $47 million Lilly Science and Technology Center in Morrisville in March of 2022. Designed by O'Brien Atkins Associates, the 66,000-sf facility features smart learning environments for programs in biotechnology and business analytics. Housing a biochemistry lab for training in raw materials testing and in-process sampling, the three-story building also provides a microbiology lab where students can learn best practices for gene therapy, genetics, cell culture, DNA manipulation, and industrial microbiology. Fostering collaboration with industry partners, the center accommodates the Lighthouse Aseptic Suite, the Amgen Co-Laboratory, the FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies Early College Suite, the Sam Taylor BioWork Lab, and the Wake Early College of Information and Biotechnologies. A full-height atrium offers a variety of settings for interaction and discovery.
Eli Lilly and Company contributed $1.1 million to the project, which was constructed by Rodgers Builders. The sustainably designed structure has attained Green Globes certification.