Our department is housed in one of the most distinctive places on campus - the Swenson Civil Engineering building. It is a LEED Gold facility and was featured in Architect magazine when it first opened in 2010.
The building houses state-of-the-art classrooms and labs. Highlights include:
- Labs in every focus area for hands-on training and student projects
- Structural strong floor and reaction wall with two 15-ton gantry cranes
- Extensive high bay area
- Hydraulic lab with large-scale flume
- Infrastructure materials lab
- Pavement engineering lab
- Geomaterials lab (soil and rock testing)
- Environmental lab (water chemistry)
- Computer lab with Civil Engineering software
- Multiple visible structural systems
- Sustainable and local building material focus
We house a remarkable array of equipment. We can conduct large scale research projects thanks to much of the equipment mentioned above, a steel loading frame that allows for flexible testing configurations, and two fully fatigue rated 110 kip hydraulic actuators with a 20 inch stroke.
The equipment is used for research and in courses to demonstrate concepts and allow students to get hands-on experience working with the tools of our industry.