Architectural rendering of the STEM FacilitiesThe new facilities will provide expanded space for our growing engineering and physics programs and other science fields. Their proximity to Sankey Hall and McMichael Science Center will offer exciting synergies between the worlds of science, design thinking, making, entrepreneurship, sales and marketing.

Innovation Quad at a Glance

Grand challenges: Flexible spaces enabling students to collaborate in teams across the academic year as they take on the required and challenging two-semester Grand Challenges course as outlined by the National Academy of Engineering.

Workshops: Dynamic engineering workshops that provide prototyping, testing and reconstruction of student projects.

Reaching for the stars: Dedicated space for celestial observation and computational astrophysics.

Engagement spaces: Connected laboratories and classrooms, and student areas opening to the courtyard of the new quad that will anchor our discovery hub.

Location: Between McMichael Science Center and Richard W. Sankey Hall. This discovery hub creates another quadrangle that will link to the current quad featuring the Inman Admissions Welcome Center, Carol Grotnes Belk Library, Koenigsberger Learning Center and Moseley Center.


Naming Opportunities for the Innovation Quad

  • Named
  • Available

$7.5 million level:

  • Innovation Quad 2

$5 million level:

  • Innovation Quad 1

$2.5 million level:

  • Innovation Plaza

$1 million level:

  • IQ 1 – Two story/assembly (first floor)
  • IQ 1 – Terrace (first floor)
  • IQ 2 – Building entry/lobby (first floor)

$500,000 level:

  • IQ 1 (first floor) – Mechatronics lab
  • IQ 1 (first floor) – Design lab 
  • IQ 1 (second floor) – Class labs (2)
  • IQ 2 (first floor) – South terrace
  • IQ 2 (first floor) – Bio-instrumentation lab
  • IQ 2 (first floor) – Open lab/mechanics
  • IQ 2 (second floor) – materials engineering lab
  • IQ 2 (second floor) – dean’s suite
  • IQ 2 (second floor) – lobby
  • IQ 2 (third floor) – Biomedical and environmental labs (2)
  • IQ 2 (third floor) – Open/collaborative space

$250,000 level:

  • IQ 1 (first floor) – Wood shop
  • IQ 1 (first floor) – Machine shop
  • IQ 1 (first floor) – Advanced prototyping
  • IQ 1 (second floor) – Collaboration/seating
  • IQ 2 (first floor) – North terrace
  • IQ 2 (first floor) – Biophysics/Blackmon
  • IQ 2 (first floor) – Open lab/clean
  • IQ 2 (first floor) – VR lab
  • IQ 2 (first floor) – Faculty office pods (2)
  • IQ 2 (second floor) – Outdoor deck
  • IQ 2 (second floor) – Physics labs (2)
  • IQ 2 (second floor) – Main conference room
  • IQ 2 (second floor) – Faculty office pods (2)
  • IQ 2 (second floor) – Dean’s office
  • IQ 2 (third floor) – Physics senior project lab
  • IQ 2 (third floor) – Open lab/class
  • IQ 2 (third floor) – Faculty office pods

$100,000 level:

  • IQ 1 (first floor) – Paint shop
  • IQ 1 (first floor) – Shop manager
  • IQ 1 (second floor) – Student organization
  • IQ 1 (second floor) – Group study
  • IQ 2 (first floor) – Faculty/student engagement lounge (2)
  • IQ 2 (second floor) – Astrophysics (2)
  • IQ 2 (second floor) – Physics prep
  • IQ 2 (second floor) – Faculty/student engagement lounge (2)
  • IQ 2 (third floor) – Linear equipment room
  • IQ 2 (third floor) – Fume hood room
  • IQ 2 (third floor) – Faculty/student engagement lounge (2)
  • IQ 2 (third floor) – Electronic shop
  • IQ 2 (third floor) – Faculty support

$50,000 level:

  • IQ 2 (first floor) – Collaboration spaces (2)
  • IQ 2 (first floor) – Dark rooms (3)
  • IQ 2 (first floor) – Faculty offices (8)
  • IQ 2 (second floor) – Collaboration spaces (2)
  • IQ 2 (second floor) – Faculty offices (8)
  • IQ 2 (third floor) – Collaboration spaces (2)
  • IQ 2 (third floor) – Faculty offices (8)

Associate professor Scott Wolter and two students in a lab.People are going to study our program and see that we can be a leader globally in engineering studies mixed with a liberal arts background. Other schools don’t offer the same kind of program.

Scott Wolter ’85, Associate professor of engineering

For more information about naming opportunities for the STEM and Engineering Facilities, please contact: