The New Micron School of Materials Science will be a world class materials science facility that showcases Boise State’s unique materials science program. The building will be a research hub for materials science and will optimize connections to other programs and corporate partners. And, most importantly, it will become a gateway project for the program and the university by being a cornerstone development in this new precinct of campus.
The research component of the building is organized into four neighborhoods supported by two additional components: the Instrumentation suite and the Teaching Labs. The research neighborhoods are organized around four core areas of research for Boise State University. They include DNA/Bio-Nanotechnology, Materials Chemistry, Applied Electrochemistry, and Thin Films. Each research group will have their own place within the building footprint giving them an identity within the building program.
The faculty/graduate working suites make up an important part of the program. The faculty suites are envisioned as an interconnected suite where communication and interaction between floors is optimized. The suites define a faculty realm which for a variety of technical and programmatic reasons is separate from the research realm. Support spaces such as conferencing, workrooms and kitchens are provided as part of the suite. The underlying idea with the faculty suite is the creation of a place where faculty, students and business leaders can collaborate and interact – in essence, this is the living room for the researchers.
The last major program component consists of the educational spaces. These spaces serve the entire campus as well as providing instructional space to the Materials Sciences program. The lecture hall and two large classrooms are envisioned to have the flexibility to operate independently from the rest of the building.
Completion: Spring 2020 (estimated)
Size: 91,270 sf