High Tech

  • Tulane University Opens The Commons


    Tulane University opened The Commons in August of 2019 in New Orleans. Designed by Weiss/Manfredi, the $55 million facility enhances campus connectivity by providing a dynamic gathering place for students, faculty, and staff.

  • Swansea University Plans Center for Integrative Semiconductor Materials


    Swansea University is planning to construct the Center for Integrative Semiconductor Materials in Wales in the United Kingdom.

  • Designing Academic Research Facilities for the Fourth Industrial Revolution


    The term “Fourth Industrial Revolution” (4IR) was coined in 2016 by Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, to describe the exponential transformation society and commerce are experiencing due to converging breakthroughs in numerous fields, such as artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science, energy storage, the internet of things (IoT), and quantum computing. While this latest advancement is to some degree an extension of the third revolution (aka: The Digital Revolution), 4IR is considered a new era because of the unprecedented speed, scope, and systems impact of the coming changes. It is evolving at an exponential rate rather than a linear one and is expected to disrupt entire systems of production, management, transportation, and governance on a global scale. In response, a new breed of interdisciplinary research facility is emerging, as academic institutions try to anticipate training students for the unforeseen demands of the 4IR.

  • First Engineering-Based Medical School Integrates Disciplines with an Eye to the Future


    A two-year, $55 million renovation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Everitt Laboratory has transformed the four-story, 136,763-sf building into the first engineering-based medical school in the country, with a focus on medical simulation, research, and instruction. With final completion in June 2018 and the first medical classes starting in July, the Carle Illinois Medical School’s state-of-the-art features enable bioengineering students and future medical professionals to engage in project/problem-based learning and maximize their medical training by using the latest simulation and virtual reality technology.

  • IBM Partners with SUNY Poly to Create AI Hardware Center


    IBM is partnering with SUNY Polytechnic Institute to create the AI Hardware Center in Marcy, N.Y.

  • Fujifilm Breaks Ground on Mesa R&D Expansion


    Fujifilm Electronic Materials broke ground in March of 2019 on an 85,000-sf expansion of its Mesa campus. The project will provide five new buildings for research, development, manufacturing, warehousing, and administration. Completion is expected in early 2020.

  • Innovation Hubs and Incubators Drive Academic Research to Commercialization


    Innovation hubs and incubators are emerging as the best solution to help universities, entrepreneurs, researchers, and students transform their creative ideas into viable commercial ventures. Users want facilities that focus on entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation; foster interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships; offer responsive and flexible spaces; create a spirit of ground-up innovation; support commercialization of ideas/products; and connect to nearby universities, companies, and amenities.

  • Mercyhurst University Opens MCPc Cyber Education Center


    Mercyhurst University opened the MCPc Cyber Education Center in August of 2018 in Erie, Pa.

  • Caltech’s New CAST Facility Simulates Testing Environments for Drones, Robots, and Satellites


    To support its cutting-edge research in self-operated machines, the Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies (CAST) at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is equipped with several groundbreaking capabilities that set it apart from other engineering research facilities. At the top of the list are a drone testing arena capable of mimicking a full gamut of real-world weather conditions, and a zero-gravity-simulating space lab whose epoxy resin floor has been ground and polished to a final flatness of 0.003 of an inch. Three CAST components—the aerodrome, assembly lab, and the Space Robotics Controls Laboratory (SRCL)—are located in the 1940s-era Kármán building, originally constructed for wartime hydrodynamics research. Working with CO Architects and Matt Construction, Pasadena-based Caltech renovated the bunker-like building to create new types of spaces for cross-campus collaborations in the expanding field of autonomous drones, robots, and satellites, with a focus on practical applications in science, industry, and medicine.

  • Infineon Plans Austrian Semiconductor Manufacturing Center


    Infineon Technologies is planning to begin construction in mid-2019 on a 646,000-sf semiconductor manufacturing center in Villach, Austria.