The University of Kansas (KU) formally dedicated its new Earth, Energy and Environment Center (EEEC) today as part of a grand opening celebration to mark the center’s completion. Comprised of two buildings – Richie and Slawson Halls – the EEEC creates a dynamic new interdisciplinary learning and collaboration environment for students and faculty within the fields of geology and engineering.
“The University of Kansas aspires to make discoveries that change the world – and the Earth, Energy & Environment Center positions KU researchers to do exactly that in areas related to energy, natural resources and environment,” Chancellor Douglas A. Girod recently shared. “Thanks to these new facilities, the university will continue to be at the forefront of efforts to address challenges and create opportunities that shape our society for years to come.”
The EEEC embraces both transparency and technology to break down historic academic silos and offer leading-edge learning experiences. Key features include:
- An “Edu-lobby,” which allows passerby to peer into active-learning studio lab environments and high-performance computing labs.
- Adaptable research labs focused on unconventional research within the field of geology and engineering including geo-microbiology, stable isotope geochemistry, chemistry of organic particles in unconventional hydrocarbon systems and tertiary oil recovery for new technologies to improve fractured reservoir extraction.
- Collaboration spaces, including
- Floating, glass-enclosed cubes in Slawson Hall’s atrium that act as meeting rooms
- A 180-seat large active-learning classroom at the heart of the complex, visible and connected to multiple floors
- Two 65-seat active-learning classrooms
- Enclosed walkways that connect the two halls to each other, as well as with nearby Lindley Hall and Learned Hall, to promote easier movement and connectivity within the facility
- An outdoor courtyard space that features a variety of boulders that come from across Kansas
We are proud to have helped make the KU EEEC a reality together with the University of Kansas, Gould Evans and Turner Construction.