Made possible by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, the new Institute for Engineered Interfaces (IEI) Laboratories being built on the 8th floor of Rogers Hall will promote a cross-disciplinary approach to research. The IEI Laboratories, consisting of a newly created synthetic chemistry lab (2,470 sq ft) and an adjacent cell culture lab (615 sq ft), will be carved out by transforming the combined spaces of rooms RH 803, 811, 813 and 822. The classroom RH 803 will be replaced by a new classroom being built on the 3rd floor of Rogers Hall.
The extensive renovation includes significant upgrades to bring the existing local infrastructure – mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection – to bring the systems up to the modern standards required for world-class research facilities. New fume hoods and biology safety cabinets will be installed, along with new windows, fixtures, furnishings, ceiling, floors and walls. Further, the project will serve as a model for transforming the other laboratory spaces in Rogers Hall in the future.
Additionally on the 7th floor of Rogers Hall, RH 716 will be upgraded to accept another NSF grant award for a new state-of-the-art NMR spectroscopy machine. Construction began in the summer 2012 and is expected to be completed by summer 2013. The synthetic chemistry lab, cell culture lab, and NMR installation are expected to be completed in summer 2013.