The 115,000 SF UALR Engineering and Information Technology (EIT) building is the first of its kind in Arkansas. The new building typology trains students to be proficient in computing science, systems engineering, and information technology engineers. It also conducts virtual e-classes all over the world, including India, China and Taiwan. The EIT building is a six story building with 4,000 SF of server rooms, 16 classrooms, a 215 seat 'black box' auditorium, and 60 faculty offices plus the Dean's suite, recruiting/student lounge, coffee lounge, and graduate student research spaces.
The building was designed using Building Information Modeling (BIM) in order to help communicate and coordinate the building's systems. BIM was helpful in making presentations to the university by creating a virtual model. The University's Administration and the Governor of Arkansas were delighted to have a virtual walk through of the building more than two years before construction was completed. This is the first LEED Gold Certification in the University of Arkansas System.
This project is the recipient of an ASID Silver Award.