The architectural firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) has released the design for TCS Hall, which will house computer science offices and labs when it opens in spring 2020.
Faculty and staff from both the School of Computer Science and the Department of Mechanical Engineering will occupy the 90,000-square-foot building. It is funded in part by a gift from Tata Consultancy Services, a global IT and business solutions company.
Constructed on a site between 4615 Forbes Avenue and Junction Hollow, TCS Hall will serve as a gateway to campus for those entering from Forbes and as a keystone for further development north of Forbes.
The building has been redesigned to almost double its size since ground was initially broken in 2017. BCJ says the building will feature a "Student Collaboration Porch," a drone highbay, flexible makerspace and an outdoor robot yard.
Both TCS Hall and ANSYS Hall, now under construction next to Hamerschlag Hall, are projects led by BCJ's Gregory Mottola, design principal, and Kent Suhrbier, principal in charge. Mottola and Suhrbier are alumni of CMU's School of Architecture. Other works by BCJ for CMU include the Stever House, the Software Engineering Institute and the Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace. The firm's local projects include the Heinz History Center and the Frick Environmental Center.