Civil Engineering Building

The underground Civil Engineering Building houses the department’s administrative offices, classroom and study spaces, and several research facilities including

  • C. Edward Bowers Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
  • Michael M. and Nancy L. Heuer Soil Mechanics Laboratory
  • Minnesota Traffic Observatory (MTO), a transportation laboratory focused on testing and evaluating new technologies for transportation management, operational strategies, and traveler information
  • Pavement Materials Laboratory
  • Rock Mechanics Laboratory
  • Theodore V. Galambos Structural Engineering Laboratory (named for the father of Load and Resistance Factor Design, LRFD) a four-story space designed for modeling and testing large-scale structural components
  • Waves and Imaging Laboratory

The Civil Engineering Building is also home to the Clifford I. and Nancy C. Anderson Student Innovation Labs Student Shop, a working space for everyone within the College of Science and Engineering.

The Civil Engineering Building received the American Society of Civil Engineers’ prestigious Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award when it opened in 1983. Designed for maximum energy efficiency and use of underground space, more than 95 percent of the building is underground. The lowest level reaches 110 feet below the surface.