New Building Addition

After nearly 10 years of fundraising and planning, construction began on the Chemical Engineering Department’s new building addition on Oct. 24, 2011. Among the top 25 ChemE programs in the nation, this LEED certified building will provide a new face to the department more consistent with its venerable ranking. "We’re really excited about the project," said Department Chair Rich Dickinson. "This building will quickly become a hub for student activity and will certainly enhance the already outstanding image and reputation the department reflects."

Funded entirely by private donations, the $3.9 million construction project has two phases, the first being completion of the building’s outer shell and the student collaboration space. Phase Two includes a new academic advising suite, department conference room and administrative offices. The first phase will be completed this summer and construction on the entire project could be completed as early as fall 2012 if fundraising targets for the building are met.

"The generosity of our alumni and corporate partners has been astounding," Dickinson said, "but we still have about $550,000 left to raise before we can complete the project."

Regular updates on the progress of the building's construction can be found on the Chemical Engineering Department's Facebook page. The 9,800+ square-foot building addition is located on the south side of the existing ChemE building, facing Black Hall.

The department will continue to solicit donations for the building until the project is completed. To make a tax-deductible online donation to the project, click this link: Chemical Engineering Building Construction Fund

Naming opportunities exist and can be funded in a number of ways, including making a multi-year pledge to the department. Recognition opportunities vary. For more information, please contact our Director of Development, Jake Logan; He can be reached via email at or at 352-392-6795.

Project Overview:

  • Multiple study and collaboration spaces designed by students, featuring study pods and glass-enclosed breakout rooms with white boards, power outlets and enhanced technology resources
  • A vast, multi-story atrium will welcome students and guests to the department, quickly becoming the new hub for Chemical Engineering
  • A new academic advising suite, designed to more efficiently accommodate student needs

Chemical Engineering: Homes and History

  • 1916: First Chemical Engineering Curriculum established
  • 1916-1939: ChemE housed in Leigh Hall (Chemistry Building)
  • 1939-1950: ChemE housed in Benton Hall and Benton Annex
  • 1950-1969: ChemE moved to a WWII ROTC Airplane Hangar
  • 1969-present: Chemical Engineering Building Completed
  • Oct. 24, 2011: Construction begins on the ChemE building addition
  • Fall 2012: Proposed ChemE building dedication ceremony