The School of Engineering is located in a 129,000-square-foot facility that opened fall 2000. Almost an acre of glass forms the curtain walls on two sides of the west wing of the building. The building features a three-story atrium that is crossed at the second and third floor levels by walkways. Much of the structural system and the HVAC system are exposed throughout the building making it a "living laboratory" for students interested in building design and construction. A campus green roof research project is housed on one section of the Engineering Building roof.
The building houses all programs in engineering, computer Science and construction management. It includes
The computer integrated manufacturing lab, dynamic strength testing lab and aerodynamic testing lab provide expanded research capabilities for the School.
SIUE hosted a grand opening in February for its new Engineering Building Annex. The new structure is part of a $14.2 million expansion and renovation project for the School of Engineering. The ribbon cutting signified the completion of the expansion phase of the project. It includes a 32,000-square-foot annex that is connected to the existing award-winning Engineering Building through an enclosed bridge. The annex provides additional classrooms and computer laboratories, as well as necessary office space.
SIU President Glenn Poshard joined SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe and School of Engineering Dean Hasan Sevim to cut the ribbon.
“This state-of-the-art addition will allow us to continue to educate our engineering students at the highest level, while enhancing the globalization of our campus by continuing to attract students from all over the world,” Poshard said. “Along with all of our new projects on campus, the engineering addition is part of our commitment to sustainability. This addition was designed to meet Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.”
Freshman mechanical engineering student Alex Anderson provided his thoughts on the addition. “What this building means to us is that we are attending a school that is as dynamic as we are,” said Anderson. “As we expand and grow into the innovators of tomorrow, we are not constrained by the resources of our campus. The School of Engineering not only gives us new space to grow in the future, but also the opportunities of today.”
Freshman engineering students launched a weather balloon to highlight the festivities. The student team designed and assembled the balloon’s payload-to-gather position, video and camera data. The mission was to send the balloon roughly 100,000 feet into the air with two cameras attached to film Earth from a different perspective.