An "Ecology" of Infrastructure & Support

Strategic Recommendation

Develop an “ecology” of infrastructure and support to promote and support excellence in CMU’s research, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship endeavors.

Physical space and its accompanying infrastructure of equipment and support services, provided at the right time and in the right configuration, can be a powerful enabler of research, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Our faculty, staff, and students require administrative support and business guidance in pursuing the funding necessary to allow them to develop impactful work, such as center-scale research initiatives. The support must be comprehensive, creative, and effective to enable faculty, staff, and students to maximize their opportunities.

CMU will develop and implement an “ecology” of infrastructure to provide an inventory of flexible and transitory space and services that can be reconfigured to support research and creative endeavors as they develop and mature. This infrastructure will be shared across the University and will include a variety of space and expertise suited for initiatives of various types and at various stages of development. It will include incubation space, wet laboratories, distance studios, and ideation spaces, as well as specialized expertise such as that needed for operating particular equipment. Space will be available for industry to interact with our researchers on collaborative projects.

Perhaps our largest aim is to create a variety of flexible space that students and faculty can use to collaborate, that new ventures can use as rentable space to develop and mature before moving on to more permanent space, and that businesses can use to sponsor projects and collaborate with CMU students and faculty.


Recent Accomplishments

  • In 2016, the 109,000 square foot Sherman and Joyce Bowie Scott Hall opened as the new home for the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and a state-of-the-art nanofabrication research facility.
  • In 2016, CMU expanded the Jared L. Cohon University Center by 62,000 square feet to include a studio theatre, fitness center, and new dining options to enhance campus life for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Also in 2016, CMU renovated Hamburg Hall, home to The Heinz College, in a project that included the addition of a new 150-seat classroom.
  • Work began in 2017 on a $20 million multi-phase classroom renovation project that will provide a dramatic upgrade for central teaching and learning spaces across the Pittsburgh campus.
  • Set to open in May 2018, The 315,000 square foot David A. Tepper Quadrangle will feature the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, a cutting edge technology-enhanced learning center, a new home for CMU's Tepper School of Business, a new visitor center, and collaboration, meeting, dining, and fitness spaces for use by the entire university community.
  • Set to open in 2019, the 30,000 square foot ANSYS building – coupled with a major four-part renovation of Hamerschlag Hall -- will house CMU’s maker ecosystem at the cutting edge of advanced manufacturing, simulations, and material design.
  • Set to open in 2020, the 90,000 square foot Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Building will support education and cutting-edge engineering and computer science research by CMU faculty and students, as well as collaborative spaces for the CMU community to interact with TCS staff.