Image at dusk of exterior of KU Earth, Energy & Environment Center
Image of corner exterior of KU Earth, Energy & Environment Center during the daytime with students walking on campus
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University of Kansas Earth, Energy & Environment Center

The first in a series of new science projects to define “Innovation Way,” the Earth, Energy and Environment Center (EEEC) serves as the central point for all energy and environment research and teaching on campus, bringing geology labs, classrooms, and support spaces under one roof, facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration between programs and providing a hub for industry outreach, 3D visualization, and “flipped” classroom resources. The building features two lecture halls, a virtual reality cave, and abundant spaces for lab work and conferencing. The overall design focused on maximizing the use and flexibility of spaces, with many areas designed for concurrent use for learning—and industry—based research.

The research labs they designed focused on our desire to promote interdisciplinary research and created research neighborhoods...Although this is an interdisciplinary teaching and research space, Multistudio did not forget the importance of the feel for our student occupants, creating comfortable collaboration and study areas that attract many into the building.  Bob Goldstein Associate Dean for Natural Sciences and Mathematics & Provost’s Special Advisor for Campus Development, University of Kansas

Details

Location
Lawrence, KS
Size
141,000 sq.ft.
AIA Kansas
Honorable Mention Design Award
AIA St. Louis
Merit Award for Interior Architecture
Learning by Design Magazine
Outstanding Project Award
Engineering News Record ‑ Midwest
Best Project ‑ Higher Education/Research
Associated General Contractors ‑ Kansas City
Building Excellence Award ‑ Project of the Year
Client
University of Kansas
Associate Architect
CannonDesign
General Contractor
Turner Construction
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