DLC combines new ways of learning with new technology and sustainable practices
The first and lower levels of the 115,000 square foot Discovery Learning Complex (DLC) for the College of Engineering, located on Wisconsin Avenue between 16 and 17 streets, are currently open for classes. Jon Jensen, Ph.D., the Associate Dean for Enrollment Management, said the entire building is anticipated to be open by the summer of 2012. Marquette plans to add a second building to the current facility that will together occupy 250,000 square feet. While the college is striving for LEED Silver Certification, features of sustainable design of the DLC include over 30 solar panels, a heat recovery chiller to recycle wasted heat, a 10,000-gallon water tank to collect run-off water, and a roof garden with a walkway. The building also has little carpeting that saves oil and materials and reclaimed wood from construction areas in Wisconsin. The college is still raising money to complete this $50 million project.
“The building is a
laboratory all on its own.
A living laboratory.”
Associate Dean for Enrollment Management
• As a teaching tool, the structure contains every type of construction member in plain view, in all shapes and sizes.
• Large windows with natural light and transparent glass walls promote an open and friendly environment to inspire innovation, collaboration and creativity.
• Smart classrooms (right) are equipped with movable furniture and large monitors that can be synchronized for video conferencing, recording and sharing lectures, and hooking up students’ laptops.
• The building is made up of 10 percent recycled content. Ninety-five percent of the debris was recycled from the original building on site.
• DLC uses 95 percent LED lighting, which uses less energy and less heat than incandescent lighting.
• The Engineering Materials and Structures Testing Lab houses a strong wall (left side), tubular members that support highway signs (right side), and a 10-ton crane that will add to the little-known body of knowledge on the stress it experiences under load.
• Controllable light dimmers in each environment and motion sensors help sustain energy and reduce unnecessary light usage.
• Writable dry-erase walls in laboratories all over the building allow students to draw out their ideas.
Unique among engineering colleges, the DLC provides working spaces and laboratories that combine subfields of engineering. In addition, each floor is designed to facilitate collaboration between faculty research and student studies. Approximately 1,168 full-time undergraduate students and 210 graduate students are enrolled in the College of Engineering. The college has 55 full-time and 20 part-time faculty members.
Lower Level — Energy
Level 1 — Engineering Outreach and Education
Level 2 — Sensor Technology
Level 3 — Healthcare and Human Performance
Level 4 — Water Quality and Clean Water
Building Nuts & Bolts:
• 38 laboratories
• 9 classrooms and seminar rooms
• 25 faculty offices
• 12 student study nodes
• 2 graduate student offices
by Melanie Pawlyszyn