Brown University School of Engineering

Engineering Research Center

Engineering Research Center

Brown University's new Engineering Research Center (ERC) is an 80,000 square foot shared research facilty open to the entire University community and external collaborators. Designed by KieranTimberlake and built by Shawmut Design and Construction, the building was completed in October of 2017. It connects three engineering buildings and increased the School of Engineering's research lab space by 22 percent. 


A ceramic frit glass wall separates the Hazeltine Commons from the Undergraduate Teaching Lab: Warren Jagger PhotographyA ceramic frit glass wall separates the Hazeltine Commons from the Undergraduate Teaching Lab: Warren Jagger Photography

Building Facts

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  • 80,000 square feet
  • 8,000 square feet for cleanroon, bio cleanroom, and imaging suite
  • 1,400 square feet Class 100 cleanroom
  • 116 workstations for graduate students and post docs
  • 20 lab modules
  • 6 lab clusters 
  • 10 conference meeting spaces for groups ranging from 3 - 150


Building Features

  • A nano-technology cleanroom 
  • An advanced imaging suite 
  • A bio cleanroom 
  • Large- and small-scale collaboration spaces 
  • Open-plan laboratories on the second and third floors 
  • A multi-functional commons, café, and meeting space on level one 
  • Outdoor eating area adjacent to the café; green spaces for collaboration and relaxation 
  • Innovative energy-saving strategies such as external vertical fins to manage solar gain from the west and south 
  • Advanced multi-disciplinary undergraduate teaching lab

"The Garden in the Brain" - Large tessellation tiles can be seen through the glass of the new ERC: Warren Jagger Photography"The Garden in the Brain" - Large tessellation tiles can be seen through the glass of the new ERC: Warren Jagger Photography

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