Construction of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s new $29 million, 70,000-square-foot academic building achieved a significant milestone Thursday, Oct. 17, when a steel beam was raised and attached to complete the highest point of the project.

The topping out ceremony had Rose-Hulman President Rob Coons and campus community members joining construction project manager Garmong Construction Services of Terre Haute and steel workers in celebrating this important segment in the project. Additional steel beams will be added in future weeks to complete the building’s infrastructure.

Construction began early this summer on the site, located between Moench Hall and Myers Hall on the east side of campus.

When complete for the 2021-22 school year, the new academic building will have collaboration workspaces, design studios, flexible classrooms, chemistry laboratories and faculty innovation spaces. The building has been designed to support active student engagement through flexible and easily adaptable spaces for student projects and design studios, and breakout space for students and teams to collaborate on projects.

A central atrium and lots of interior and exterior glass will showcase the work taking place within, making it a “window into Rose” that showcases curricular innovation, laboratory activities and teamwork among students, faculty and staff members. Students will also have access to a prototyping laboratory, laser-cutting devices, machine tools and a woodworking shop.

The building was designed by RATIO Architects of Indianapolis.

The project is being supported through a $15 million lead gift from an anonymous donor as part of Rose-Hulman’s Mission Driven campaign.

About Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Founded in 1874, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is dedicated to preparing its students with the world’s best undergraduate science, engineering and mathematics education in an environment infused with innovation, intellectual rigor and individualized attention. The institute is consistently recognized nationally as an elite STEM school for distinctions that include faculty excellence, return on investment, value added and career services. Career placement is near 100 percent year after year. Six of the college’s professors are listed in the Princeton Review’s Best 300 Professors book. Located in Terre Haute, Indiana, Rose-Hulman has an enrollment of approximately 2,100 undergraduate students and nearly 100 graduate students. Learn more at