Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have broken ground for a new facility on the CMU campus in Pittsburgh.
The university says the new TCS Hall is supported by an $35 million grant from TCS, the largest ever industry donation to CMU.
Situated at the western entrance to the CMU campus, TCS Hall is slated to open in 2018. The building will house research and academic spaces where the two institutions will collaborate on promoting next-generation technologies, including cognitive systems and autonomous vehicles.
In addition to the research and academic spaces, the 48,000-square-foot building will have an innovation courtyard, an eco-sustainable rain garden and a “robot yard.”
The high-tech facility's steel-and-brick architectural design pays homage to Pittsburgh’s historical contribution toward previous industrial revolutions.
“We believe that, operating at the intersection of technology and humanity, CMU and TCS each bring extraordinary strengths to this unique partnership," says CMU President Subra Suresh.
The architect is Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
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