Missouri S&T selected Mackey Mitchell to conduct a programming study for their new advanced manufacturing research facility which will be the first phase of the University’s new Manufacturing Technology and Innovation Campus. The new building will form the cornerstone of manufacturing outreach, research and development for Missouri companies, governmental agencies and other prospective customers. The concept provides over 220,000 square feet of primarily high-bay, lab, collaboration and work space organized around four fundamental disciplines of the manufacturing ecosystem: Materials, Manufacturing and Methods; Pre-production testing and development; Steel and Advanced Metallurgy; and, Cyber Physical Systems Security, Testing and Development.
Our programming process engaged discipline leaders and faculty researchers to determine specific needs and used group sessions to helped establish how the disciplines would interact. The program reflects a new type of manufacturing environment where design and production are side by side. Key to the concept is organizing space to promote interactions between members of the manufacturing ecosystem in order to create a more open source exchange of ideas while maintaining necessary safety requirements and considering intellectual property security. Work spaces include a mix of types and a variety of reservable meeting spaces that support collaboration while allowing flexibility needed to support constant reorganization as teams and projects move through the facility.
The new facility will serve the three key strategic objectives for Missouri S&T established by their Chancellor. It will serve as a recruitment and retention tool for students looking to further their experience with corporations and industry partners. As a hub for the statewide manufacturing ecosystem it will drive a culture of entrepreneurialism and innovation on campus and throughout the State of Missouri. And, expanding the capabilities and competitiveness of Missouri manufacturing, creating start up enterprises and bringing new jobs to the region will spur much needed regional economic development. The success of this first phase of development will lead to even greater things as the Manufacturing and Innovation Campus continues to grow and keep Missouri S&T at the forefront of advancements in science and technology.
When we hire more endowed faculty and attract hundreds of new students and postdoctoral scholars to do their research, they will need space to develop their line of products.
- Dr. Stephen Roberts
Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives and Chief Operating Officer, Kummer Institute for Student Success, Missouri S&T