The modernized Hydrosystems building will include two technology enhanced classrooms which will provide a collaborative learning environment that can be adapted to a given class’ needs. Key features of the rooms are the ability to have students sit and work in teams of 4-6, with each team having its own monitor to facilitate discussion and interactive problem-solving. New offices, conference spaces, classrooms, collaboration spaces, research/teaching labs and restrooms will be provided as a result of a new three story construction at the Hydrosystems Laboratory.
It is well-established that hands-on experiences increase conceptual understanding and knowledge retention while simultaneously increasing student engagement and training them in the core activities on which our profession is built. The expanded facilities will increase the accessibility of laboratory experiences by building new teaching laboratories to provide designated space for experiential learning. The laboratory space will be dynamic, with flexible floor plans to enable our program to continue to evolve over the coming decades.
A pedestrian bridge connecting the third floor of each building will be constructed. The Department hopes to utilize this pedestrian bridge as a demonstration for the students, equipping it with sensors to display the forces at play within the structure itself.