ANSYS Hall-Campus Design and Facility Development - Carnegie Mellon University

Project Overview

The College of Engineering "CIT" has placed a significant curricular focus on providing maker resources to Undergraduate and Graduate students across the college to encourage making at the Nano, Micro and Macro scale. As a world class college of engineering, CIT is forming a comprehensive, interdisciplinary and integrated set of making resources that can be utilized by faculty, Graduate and Undergraduate students in order to manufacture their ideas in the real world. The Maker Ecosystem for Engineers is CIT's vision for creating this set of integrated resources that will help faculty and students create and develop new ideas/concepts/products across many different disciplines, especially mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, materials sciences engineering, and biomedical engineering as well as crossing disciplines into robotics and computer science. The Maker Ecosystem for Engineers will embrace three main parts, but will allow for additional components to be added in the future. Scott Hall's Nanofab lab was the first launch of the CIT's Maker Ecosystem for Engineers, and allows for making at the Nano scale. The second project is Hamerschlag Hall's multi-million dollar renovation to create a Maker Wing, which allows for shared making at the component level, and advanced manufacturing labs. The third project continues the University's CIT Maker Ecosystem for Engineers by adding ANSYS Hall's Simulation and Undergraduate Maker Center.

ANSYS Hall will be geographically located in the heart of the College of Engineering. The building will work in connection with the adjacent Graduate Maker Wing in Hamerschlag Hall and Scott Hall Nanofab lab. The building's location will further increase the connectivity between CIT and the University, both physically and programmatically.

The new construction proposed for ANSYS Hall is planned to be limited to four stories and a basement. The building will be approximately a 36 thousand square feet structure with immediate access to the outdoor Maker Courtyard. The courtyard will be a direct extension from the first floor High Bay Maker Space of the building that will provide full-size manufacturing capabilities and showcase large scale prototypes such as student constructed solar-powered boats and race cars. The building will also include classroom space, student space for individual project collaboration, space for simulation and training, conferencing space as well as office space for the partnership program and the College of Engineering.