The College of Engineering, Technology, and Aeronautics (CETA) is a place for students to design, create, and mentor one another. Slated to open in 2019, CETA is a 67,000 GSF state-of-the-art academic building that will house four CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate) hubs where students can work on projects from conception through operation, turning them into real-world solutions and products. Also included in the building will be teaching labs, flexible classrooms, and a computer lab. A café and array of collaboration spaces will foster interaction and provide a “home” for the building occupants of this new Engineering department. The building will also house spaces to facilitate 2D/3D printing, materials science, and robotics. This facility will complement the newly opened Engineering Annex.
The design for CETA is inspired by vernacular building types such as covered bridges, barns, and the turn-of-the-century mill buildings of Manchester, New Hampshire. The building was conceived as a teaching tool with visible structural elements, ductwork, and piping systems. Sustainability guides the choice of mechanical systems and materials to make the building environmentally responsible and long-lasting.