Reinventing Learning and Research Facilities

The future is being invented in CMU classrooms and labs

Carnegie Mellon’s commitment to enhancing its campus physical environment is driven by our belief in the power of collaboration across disciplines.

Innovation occurs where boundaries end. Make Possible: The Campaign for Carnegie Mellon University is key to those efforts — having garnered $260 million in support for key infrastructure projects to date. Several leading-edge facilities are being constructed or have opened already thanks to campaign supporters. These are the spaces where the future is being invented.

Carnegie Mellon has launched a decade-long comprehensive future of science initiative to accelerate the university’s leadership in scientific discovery, including investments in recruiting and retaining faculty, and developing state-of-the-art research and education infrastructure.

The cornerstone of this initiative will be a new, cutting-edge $210 million science building on its Pittsburgh campus, which is made possible by a $75 million lead grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation. The facility, due to rise on Forbes Avenue adjacent to the Carnegie Museums in the Oakland neighborhood, will facilitate collaborative research and education spanning multiple fields across the university.

The facility will be designed for open collaboration, and to inspire unanticipated intersections of ideas. In addition to classrooms, teaching labs and other spaces, student and faculty researchers will have access to modern labs that are purposefully designed to be shared. The building will complement the university’s simultaneous $40 million investment in the nation’s first academic cloud laboratory that will feature highly automated, remote-controlled robotic instruments for experimentation and data collection.

A $45 million lead grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation will enable CMU to further expand its robotics research capacity with a new facility, the Robotics Innovation Center (RIC), at Hazelwood Green.

The RIC, which is estimated to cost $100 million and will add up to 150,000 square feet of space to CMU’s robotic research capabilities, will further create synergies by complementing and accelerating the work by the nearby Manufacturing Futures Institute at Mill 19, where researchers will be able to deploy new ideas within its test beds. As a new translational research facility, the RIC will complement the work of CMU’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC).

With a lead gift from the Allegheny Foundation, the Scaife Hall project will replace and more than double the size of the existing building, with a focus on expanded, technology-rich labs; modern, flexible classrooms; and spaces that facilitate collaboration of all kinds.

The new building will be adjacent to Hamerschlag Hall and ANSYS Hall — forming a maker quad with those facilities — and continue to serve as the home of CMU’s top-ranked Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Opened in summer 2020, TCS Hall was made possible with an unprecedented $35 million grant from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the largest-ever industry gift to Carnegie Mellon.

Located along Forbes Avenue near the new Tepper Quad, the five-story structure houses the School of Computer Science’s Institute for Software Research, the Master of Science in Computational Finance program, and the Center for Business Engagement. The top floor of the building includes space where researchers from TCS can collaborate with CMU scientists to create and promote next-generation technologies.

In October 2019, a new vision of collaboration and hands-on education became a reality with the grand opening of ANSYS Hall at Carnegie Mellon University.

Together, ANSYS and CMU partnered on a facility that would elevate the skills of the next generation of engineers, accelerate breakthrough innovation, expand the university’s maker culture and inspire creative problem solving. The 36,000-square-foot ANSYS Hall is a spacious maker facility where students, faculty and collaborators innovate and interact with cutting-edge simulation and fabrication tools.

Located at the heart of CMU’s campus, the Tepper Quad is an anchor for campus life, bringing together innovative spaces devoted to education, collaboration and wellness.

Here, the physical environment inspires new ideas and unexpected partnerships between colleagues. The building also serves as a “front door” to campus, housing CMU’s new visitor’s center. Opened in October 2018, the Tepper Quad is the realization of CMU trustee and alumnus David Tepper’s (MBA 1982) aspiration for a hub where people across CMU can learn, connect and challenge each other to create a better future.

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