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Proud Heritage Bold Future Campaign

Lawrence Tech has undertaken an ambitious $55-million campaign to build the A. Alfred Taubman Engineering, Life Sciences, and Architecture (TELSA) Complex and upgrade the existing Engineering Building to provide a collaborative, high-tech, learning environment for emerging technologies such as robotics, biomedical engineering, mechatronics, life sciences, and architectural engineering.

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The Building

When it is completed, the TELSA Complex will provide Lawrence Tech students and faculty with 125,000 square feet of much needed classroom, lab, and work space to support emerging, multi-disciplinary programs. It will enjoy a prominent place on campus, linking the Science Building and the current Engineering Building, which also will be undergoing a major renovation.

The project will house the robotics program on the first floor, science labs on the second floor, and biomedical labs and open areas for student work teams on the third floor. Other spaces will be allocated in the modular design as technologies and needs evolve.

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The Timeline

The first phase of the A. Alfred Taubman Engineering, Life Sciences, and Architecture Complex will cost $15 million and cover construction of the initial portion of the new building. It is expected to take 18 months to complete once City zoning approvals have been received and ground is broken.

Subsequent phases will include a two-story addition to the B wing of the Engineering Building, additional classroom and lab space, and relocated, expanded resources for a variety of programs including Architectural Engineering and Industrial Design.

The Architect

TELSA-thom-mayne.jpgThe new A. Alfred Taubman Engineering, Life Sciences, and Architecture Complex is being designed by renowned architect Thom Mayne of Culver City, Calif. Founder of Morphosis, an internationally recognized architecture and design firm, the Harvard-trained architect is known for his emphasis on green architecture. He has envisioned a facility that will be LEED-certified at the Silver Level—or higher—and will reflect Lawrence Tech’s ongoing commitment to environmentally sustainable technology.