Construction begins on second phase of Shelby Center

Published: Mar 24, 2009 9:58:00 AM
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Construction has begun on the second phase of the Shelby Center for Engineering Technology at Auburn University. Composed of a new mechanical engineering building and an advanced research laboratory, these facilities will join the already functional first phase of the center, whose modern classrooms, lecture halls and laboratories are already supporting a variety of engineering disciplines.

"Sen. Shelby has played a vital role in our ability to develop this state-of-the-art facility, by helping secure $65 million for the $108 million complex," says Engineering Dean Larry Benefield. "He, as well as our committed alumni and friends, can take pride in knowing that they are enabling a new generation of engineers to reach their full potential."

Estimated for completion by fall 2011, the second phase of the Shelby Center will include two facilities: the Mechanical Engineering Building will house state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories and administrative and faculty offices for the Department of Mechanical Engineering, while the Advanced Research Laboratory will include general and specialized labs designed to support and cultivate a wide range of innovative technologies.

Birmingham-based firm Hoar Construction is managing the overall project and providing oversight for eight prime contractors. They are: Rabren General Contractors, AMCO, Zebra Construction Company, Wayne J. Griffin Electric, TAC Americas, Scott Laboratory Solutions, FC Fire Protection and Mowrey Elevator. HOK of Atlanta served as the facility's architect, and Xnth is the buildings' lab designer.

The first phase of the Shelby Center is now home to the departments of Computer Science and Software Engineering and Industrial and Systems Engineering, as well as various administrative offices and student areas.

"The completion of the Shelby Center will enable Auburn Engineering to create a superior learning and research environment that keeps pace with today's emerging engineering fields," says Benefield. "The College of Engineering is pursuing a vision to become one of the top engineering programs in the country, and the cornerstone of that vision is the Shelby Center for Engineering Technology."

For more information about the Shelby Center and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, visit