The University of Maryland has opened a $169.1 million building on its College Park campus to house university's bioengineering department.
The Diamondback, the university's student newspaper, reports that Maryland opened Clark Hall to students and faculty last month.
The facility is hosting classes for the spring semester, and classroom furniture and begun laboratory equipment is being installed. About 10 percent of the total laboratory equipment for the building has been installed as of Jan. 30, Department Chair John Fisher says.
Some laboratory equipment and instruments can't be moved into the building until the end of the semester; they are being used by faculty and students across five different buildings on the campus.
The facility encompasses 184,000 square feet. Almost 40,000 square feet are devoted to laboratories, and roughly 25,000 square feet of the space are reserved for research for faculty and graduate students. The structure also has a prototyping/fabrication lab that produces advanced manufacturing and 3-D printing.
The first two floors of Clark Hall will be design spaces for capstone projects across all disciplines within the engineering school, and the third and fourth floors are dedicated to the bioengineering department.
The fifth floor is slated for research facilities for the bioengineering department and the new Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices.
Clark Hall is named for Alfred James Clark, a 1950 Maryland alumnus who was owner of Clark Construction Group,
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