FERNDALE – In a segment of the M2 TechCast podcast, Joe Veryser, campus architect at Lawrence Technological University, describes the new $16.9 million Taubman Complex on campus that will house new laboratories for biotechnology, robotics and more.
The 36,000-square-foot building will also be the home of the Marburger STEM Center, a new office at Lawrence Tech intended to consolidate, promote and grow the university’s efforts to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and career choices among K-12 students.
What is intended as the first phase of a larger A. Alfred Taubman Engineering, Architecture, and Life Sciences Complex will provide Lawrence Tech students and faculty with 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. It will open in August.
The building was designed to standards of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, an independent third-party appraisal system for high-tech green buildings. The new complex has advanced green plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems.
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The M2 TechCast is hosted by Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, www.mitechnews.com, and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Tech. Both have been covering high-tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years. The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet at 3 p.m. Eastern time Mondays at www.podcastdetroit.com. Past podcasts are available on demand at www.podcastdetroit.com/mi-tech-cast.
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