Hundreds of Lawrence Technological University supporters, faculty members and staff gathered on the final day of summer Wednesday to dedicate the A. Alfred Taubman Engineering, Architecture and Life Sciences Complex.
The $16.9 million, 36,700-square-foot building gives Lawrence Tech much-needed laboratory and collaboration spaces for the kinds of cross-disciplinary projects increasingly common in the world of engineering and science.
Included are new laboratories for robotics, biomechanics, embedded software, and more.
It’s also home to the Marburger STEM Center, named after Richard Marburger, LTU president from 1977-93, and who is still active in his sixth decade of service to the university as president emeritus. The Marburger Center is the focal point of the university’s expanded efforts to improve science, technology, engineering, and math education, as well as design, for students in K-12 grades through college.
The building is named to honor A. Alfred Taubman, (1924-2015), the pioneering shopping center developer, who studied architecture at Lawrence Tech in the 1940s and was a longtime supporter of the university. Taubman’s sons Robert and William attended the dedication.
Said Robert Taubman:”Our father was an amazing person who believed in constantly giving back to the community that supported him. He was a lifelong learner who believed deeply that education can change people’s lives. And he had deep affinity for Lawrence Tech, because it allowed him to continue his education, usually at night, as he worked full time and raised his family.
“He considered himself first and foremost a planner and programmer of space,” Robert Taubman said. “That all goes back to his training as an architect here at Lawrence Tech.”
Robert Taubman also said the company his father built, Taubman Co. LLC, has about a dozen Lawrence Tech alumni among its employee base.
Lawrence Tech President Virinder Moudgil presented the Taubman brothers with framed photos of the Taubman Complex – taken at night, as their father would have been likely to see the building were he an LTU student today.
Moudgil noted that the new building was funded through the university’s “Proud Heritage, Bold Future” capital campaign, which concluded June 30 and raised more than $125 million for facilities, programs, endowment, and scholarships.
Moudgil said of the new building: “Cutting edge and state-of- the-art may be overused terms, but one look at these spaces and they’ll seem more inadequate than cliché – nearly 37,000 square feet of spectacular learning space, laboratories, and collaboration areas, with support for expanding interdisciplinary programs such as robotics, biomedical engineering, mechatronics, and architectural engineering.”