This new Engineering Technology Center, named in honor of Fred Pirkle, is the gateway building at the main entrance of Sam Houston State University’s campus. The building consolidates the Department of Agriculture and Industrial Sciences into one building for the first time. The merge of space between these two departments allows for maximum collaboration among different programs.
This facility provides space for inventing, prototyping, testing, manufacturing, and marketing of new engineered products. A few uniques features of this facility include instructional spaces with mobile tables that maximize flexibility, Electronics and Robotics Lab, Wildlife/Physiology Lab, and Horticulture Design Lab.
A few more main features include multipurpose classrooms with moveable walls for flexibility, access to outdoor space for solar panel studies, exhibition space to display Fred Pirkle’s inventions and student projects, outdoor terrace teaching space, and energy dashboard that displays current energy use of the building’s systems for student’s to study. All department faculty are also officed in this building which increases availability to students.
BSA LifeStructures partnered with the Lawrence Group on the design of this center.