Engineering program utilizes $10 million grant for building complex

California Baptist University received an anonymous $10 million gift dedicated to constructing a new three-story engineering building comprising 100,000 square feet.

The new engineering building will be located on the south side of campus, directly across from Mission Hall. The building will be completed in 2018.

“We have a unique opportunity in this building to serve the entire Southern California region,” said Dr. Anthony Donaldson, dean of the Gordon and Jill Bourns College of Engineering.

Because of CBU’s scheduling, classes end in late April while many of the other state and University of California schools get out in mid-June.

“We are uniquely positioned to provide them a facility while the students are still in school,” Donaldson said. “I’ve already talked to schools and teachers from all over Southern California who cannot wait until we have this available.”

The big project hall will feature a high-density display screen to give presentations to guest students, as well as having the CBU engineering students design interactive robots
for tours.

Some of the showcase pieces in the building are the various hands-on lab spaces, a project design space for oversized projects such as building concrete, canoe and steel bridges to build for competition, aerospace components and a solar lab on the roof of the second level.

“The new engineering building will have a lot more room for collaborative labs, studies and experimentation tailored for each of the different engineering majors,” said Curtis Hohl, freshman computer science major.

The new Vehicle Technology Lab will have one of the major electrical vehicles that the engineers can strip down, see how the vehicles are made and develop their vehicles for competitions.

“I am especially looking forward to the planned Computational Intelligence and Cybers Security Lab area, as it will provide a great resource to further my passion for computers,” Hohl said.

Currently, the engineering departments are at various locations. The complex will bring them to one central location and will be a collaborative way to work with different departments on campus.

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