New Lab Facility Addresses Critical Need for Research Space at IUPUI

Release Date: 
Mar 30 2012

IUPUI Science & Engineering Laboratory Building - Phase one

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presided over groundbreaking ceremonies on March 28 for a new laboratory building at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis that will provide critically needed space for faculty to engage in path-breaking education and research that contribute extensively to the economic vitality of the state.

Construction of the $25 million Science and Engineering Laboratory Building is expected to be completed in 18 months. The building's first phase will provide more than 65,000 square feet of usable building space.

The facility is primarily considered a research building that will also provide teaching labs in subjects such as biology, chemistry and forensics in which students will learn both core principles and cutting-edge techniques, Rhodes said.

"However, the truth is that at IUPUI we do not separate research and teaching; what makes IUPUI and especially the School of Science special is that here students can get not only an outstanding classroom experience, but they can do real research for their entire university career," Rhodes said. "This means that they are tackling real research questions, not just taking laboratory classes. This optimally positions our graduates for the work place, for professional school and for graduate school."

Note: Artist renderings of the new facility are attached.

For more information, please contact:

David Hosick
Associate Director of Communications
School of Science at IUPUI
317-410-5992 cell

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