More space, technology and resources are fundamentals of the new $32 million state of art building expected to be open to students by Fall 2020.
Adjacent to the School of Computing and Engineering’s current home in Flarsheim Hall, the UMKC Old Maintenance Building and underground machine shop will be torn down.
A new 44,400-gross-square-foot building with dynamic labs and high-tech equipment will stand in its place.
“We are doing this because leadership in science and technology will define the future of our community,” said Interim Chancellor and Provost Barbara Bichelmeyer.
“The center also will enhance UMKC’s strength as a talent magnet to help keep our best and brightest here at home, and attract fresh new talent from across the country, and around the world.”
The new building will have leading-edge capabilities, such as $3 million worth of virtual reality and augmented reality equipment, a clean room and scanning electron microscope. It will also include 3-D printing equipment, a high-bay structural lab, “big data” analytics lab, and an energy learning and research facility.
Sophomore Mario Gutierrez studies civil engineering and serves as Steel Bridge Team’s student leader. Gutierrez is excited about his team having their own space to work on their competition projects. The current spaces are crowded with three teams, and he says student groups like his need more room for welding, cutting and building.
The School of Computing and Engineering’s students come from 35 states and over 30 different countries, and 85 percent of students complete paid internships prior to graduation.
UMKC is also located within 20 miles of more than 250 engineering and technology firms, and home to four of the nation’s top 50 engineering firms, plus global tech firms, such as DST systems, Zoloz, and Cerner. According to The Wall Street Journal, Kansas City is one of seven “up and coming” innovation centers in America.
Students and faculty at UMKC hope the new computer and engineering building will help continue the city’s legacy of innovation.