By Allison Jewell

On Feb. 26, the University of Louisville announced a new $90 million engineering building that will be a center for the future of education in STEM and campus life.

The building is planned to be four stories with 114,000 square feet, and will sit behind the current J.B. Speed School of Engineering on Eastern Parkway. The new space will host labs, classrooms, and rooms for events.

“UofL has long led the charge in driving innovation, economic growth and providing students with the education and experience they need to succeed in the real world,” said President Kim Schatzel.

The new labs will be dedicated to providing hands-on learning opportunities and developing new technologies in collaboration with different industries. Emphasis is on U of L’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, whose work is responsible for advancements in biofuels, energy efficiency, and renewable energy sources.

“With this new state-of-the-art building, we accelerate those efforts, creating bold new opportunities for our students, researchers and the Commonwealth,” said Schatzel.

U of L plans to use this space to grow the STEM workforce in Kentucky as Louisville is a hub for engineering and manufacturing.

“This new investment and partnership with UofL shows our commitment to being a destination for talented people and businesses looking to succeed in the key industries of the future,” said Governor Andy Beshear.

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