Visitor testing augmented reality glasses at Jacobs HallVideo by Matt Beardsley

A new campus hub for design

August 26, 2015

On Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, the College of Engineering held a public celebration to mark the opening of Jacobs Hall, a new educational building featuring four floors of studios and maker spaces for classes and projects in digital design, prototyping, fabrication and manufacturing. Jacobs Hall is the headquarters of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, launched by the college to immerse students in hands-on, human-centered design.

Among the fall 2015 offerings are five brand-new courses launched by the Jacobs Institute to make use of the new space and equipment in Jacobs Hall, including a suite of three classes that provide incoming undergraduates with a roadmap in design innovation. 

Each semester, as many as 800 students will take classes or participate in other activities in Jacobs Hall.

The 24,000-square-foot building was constructed at a cost of $25 million, funded entirely by philanthropy.

Read more: Grand opening for Jacobs Hall, the new hub for all things design (with slide show)