Gavin Engineering Research Building
This three-story building was originally built in 1930. It has historically served as the home of the University’s Textile Engineering Department. Renovations will replace all of the existing mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, upgrade the laboratories and offices, and improve space utilization within the building.
The facility will house additive manufacturing; the nuclear power generation simulations lab; pulp and paper; aerospace engineering, including wind tunnel and advanced flow dynamics. The Center for Polymer and Advanced Composites will also be included in the building. This new interdisciplinary center will focus on research, graduate education, and collaborative outreach opportunities to advance economic growth in Alabama and the Southeast.
Program spaces include:
- Analytical, processing, composites, materials testing, machine, and chemical/wet labs
- Wind tunnels, advanced flow dynamics, and laser measurement labs
- Tool and material rooms and metal shop
- Maker, fabrication, simulation, and demonstration spaces
- Student project and examination areas
- Shared/common space – storage, hoteling offices, grad student stations, large and small meeting spaces, and classrooms
Existing building and site conditions analysis and assessment, programming, laboratory planning and design
Stevens & Wilkinson