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Building Update: IMSE preps move for Lafferre reconstruction

Photo: Boxes label "IMSE Conference - storage" sitting in a row.

Boxes of items destined for temporary storage sit atop once-full bookcases in the IMSE conference room. The department will move to Engineering Building North during Spring Break.

The IMSE Department will temporarily call Engineering Building North home while the area that currently houses the department is demolished and rebuilt as part of the Lafferre Reconstruction.

Professor Jim Noble, who is helping to organize the department’s move, said IMSE will occupy the entire second floor of EBN for about the next two years. Faculty will move to EBN during spring break.

This is the third move for IMSE, which has been in its current location since 1996. Noble said that prior to that time, the department had been located in Engineering Building West since the mid-1970s. IMSE’s move is part of the Lafferre reconstruction, which will reconstruct the 1935 — where IMSE is located — and 1944 sections of Lafferre Hall.

“They will totally gut the space and start over,” Noble said, adding that while architects’ plans are not finalized, the department is being designed into another office suite-style layout.

The new construction will add valuable research space that includes a third floor research facility for multidisciplinary work. For information on naming opportunities presented by the Lafferre reconstruction, contact Ann Baker – 573-884-3426

Keep up with the progress of the Lafferre reconstruction here.