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Engineering Center

Built: 2014 | Type: instruction and research

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Quick Facts

    • Ground-Breaking Ceremony: October 3, 2012
    • Structure Completion: Fall 2014
    • Cost: Approx. $74.6 million
    • Architect: SmithGroup, Inc.
    • Construction: Walbridge Construction
      • 777 Woodward Ave., Suite 33, Detroit, MI 48226
    • Funding: $30 million provided through the State of Michigan's 2010-2011 capital outlay budget; remaining budget  provided through various university bond proceeds.
    • Specifications:  127,000 sq. ft.; over 42,000 sq. ft of classroom space and approx. 34,201 sq. ft of research, office, and general purpose space.


Dedicated in Fall 2014, Oakland University's state-of-the-art instructional and research facility is designed to better accommodate the growing number of students taking courses and pursuing research through the School of Engineering and Computer Sciences.  Featuring the classroom and laboratory space required to facilitate innovative and specialized SECS instruction, OU's Engineering Building is designed to allow students the opportunity to experience a wide variety of hands-on experience related to the automotive and biological engineering, alternative energy, robotics, and high-tech industrial sciences.

In June 2016 the Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE)  presented two Awards of Merit for both mechanical systems design and electrical systems design for the Oakland University Engineering Center. Earlier that year the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Michigan presented a 2016 Building Award to SmithGroup and construction contractor Walbridge for their https://wwwp.oakland.edu/secs/news/2016/summer/Engineering-Center-chosen-for-three-more-design-and-construction-awardswork on the Engineering Center.

For more information, visit Oakland University New Engineering Building.

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Photos courtesy of the Oakland University Archives.



Created by Mariela Hristova / Updated on May 24, 2019 by Mariela Hristova

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