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New Laboratory Building to Connect Science, Architecture, and Art

Published on Thu 08/20/20

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COLLEGE STATION, August 20, 2020 – An innovative building housing more than 30 sophisticated science labs and interdisciplinary art studios was unanimously approved for construction during the regular meeting today of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

Construction on the more than 140,000-square-foot Instructional Laboratory & Innovative Learning Building (ILSQ) is expected to begin this fall, with expected completion in Fall 2022. Students will begin learning in the ILSQ’s 20 general chemistry labs, eight organic chemistry labs, eight interdisciplinary art studios and collaborative study spaces and maker spaces in Spring 2023. The roughly $100,000,000 facility will complement the newly opened Innovative Learning Classroom Building nearby the ILSQ’s projected home west of Wellborn Road, south of Old Main Drive, in College Station.

“We deeply appreciate the support of the Board of Regents and Chancellor Sharp as we modernize our chemistry laboratories for both general and organic chemistry,” said Texas A&M University Provost and Executive Vice President Carol A. Fierke. “The facility is designed to elevate laboratory and learning space for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors. In addition, we will uniquely pair arts and sciences in a new learning environment by including maker spaces with specialized equipment support and eight interdisciplinary art studios—blending innovation with science, art, and the considerable energies of our outstanding students and faculty.”

With an increased emphasis on student success, cutting-edge facilities and a systemic culture of excellence throughout Texas A&M University’s flagship campus, the ILSQ addresses and serves booming enrollment and interest in science and engineering majors, including Agriculture and Life Sciences, Engineering, Health Sciences, Chemistry, and other areas of study. Additionally, enrollment growth in the College of Architecture prompted the university to boost studio space and pair interdisciplinary makerspaces with science facilities to encourage interdisciplinary and creative problem-solving and design-thinking methodologies.

Highlights:
  • Instructional Laboratory & Innovative Learning Building (ILSQ)
  • Project budget of $100,000,000.
  • Located west of Wellborn Road and south of Old Main Drive
  • Gateway building bridging east and west campus
  • Complements the new Innovative Learning Classroom Building (ILCB) that held classes for the first time today (August 19)
  • Includes outdoor spaces to contribute to a collective experience across east and west campus
  • Over 140,000 GSF
  • Construction on the project is scheduled to begin in September 2020
  • Substantial completion of construction currently scheduled for October 2022
  • Classes planned to begin in this facility in Spring 2023

Spaces include:
  • 20 general chemistry labs
  • 8 organic chemistry labs
  • 8 interdisciplinary art studios
  • Interdisciplinary maker space with specialized equipment support
  • Small and large group study areas


"This new lab building is the latest example of Texas A&M’s immense investment in spaces that have the power to transform the educational experience for our students. By serving as a hub for disparate disciplines, it will also be a catalyst for interdisciplinary discovery, leading to innovative solutions for societal challenges,“  said Texas A&M President Michael K. Young.


By Brandon V. Webb, Texas A&M Office of Provost Communications
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Photo: Instructional Laboratory & Innovative Learning Building (ILSQ) architectural rendering
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• 08/20/2020, New Laboratory Building to Connect Science, Architecture, and Art, Texas A&M University.