OU Engineering Center ESD Tour — A Photo Gallery

Here are photos from The Engineering Society of Detroit’s members-only tour of the new Oakland University Engineering Center on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015.

The tour begins in the lobby atrium of the Oakland University Engineering Center.
The tour begins in the lobby atrium of the Oakland University Engineering Center.
Some of the uniquely designed study and small group meeting spaces in the Oakland University Engineering Center.
Some of the uniquely designed study and small group meeting spaces in the Oakland University Engineering Center.

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This video screen just off the lobby at the Oakland University Engineering Center shows off the building's high tech and green energy features.
This video screen just off the lobby at the Oakland University Engineering Center shows off the building’s high tech and green energy features.

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Engineering students start with the basics -- a machine shop.
Engineering students start with the basics — a machine shop.

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This lab at the Oakland University Engineering Center works on autonomous vehicles.
This lab at the Oakland University Engineering Center works on autonomous vehicles.

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A 200-seat lecture hall, largest in the building.
A 200-seat lecture hall, largest in the building.

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A typical classroom in the Oakland University Engineering Center.
A typical classroom in the Oakland University Engineering Center.

 

 

 

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The OU Engineering Center is built into a hill. This is the exit on the second floor on the north end of the building, providing a gateway to the rest of the OU campus.
The OU Engineering Center is built into a hill. This is the exit on the second floor on the north end of the building, providing a gateway to the rest of the OU campus.

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Large video screens throughout the building highlight OU campus programs.
Large video screens throughout the building highlight OU campus programs.

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Another student lounge and study space.
Another student lounge and study space.
The robotics lab at the OU Engineering Center.
The robotics lab at the OU Engineering Center.
The thermodynamics lab at the OU Engineering Center.
The thermodynamics lab at the OU Engineering Center.
The alternative energy lab at the OU Engineering Center.
The alternative energy lab at the OU Engineering Center.
Just outside the alternative energy lab is a sedum roof for student experimentation, and racks for solar panels that will be installed.
Just outside the alternative energy lab is a sedum roof for student experimentation, and racks for solar panels that will be installed.

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From the fifth floor of the OU Engineering Center, yes, that's downtown Detroit's Renaissance Center on the horizon.
From the fifth floor of the OU Engineering Center, yes, that’s downtown Detroit’s Renaissance Center on the horizon.

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The sixth floor "penthouse" of the building features boilers, chillers, and two 250-kilowatt gas-fired turbine electric generators -- all so high tech it's quiet enough to carry on a normal conversation.
The sixth floor “penthouse” of the building features boilers, chillers, and two 250-kilowatt gas-fired turbine electric generators — all so high tech it’s quiet enough to carry on a normal conversation.

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The water evaporation unit atop the OU Engineering Center.
The water evaporation unit atop the OU Engineering Center.

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Up on the roof, the OU Engineering Center's solar photovoltaic array.
Up on the roof, the OU Engineering Center’s solar photovoltaic array.

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