Art And Science Collide At Instructional Laboratory & Innovative Learning Building
The newly-opened facility on West Campus holds five floors of labs, studios and collaborative study spaces, as well as a host of unique decorations inspired by the chemical building blocks of our world.
Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & CommunicationsFebruary 3, 2023
Students have been exploring the latest addition to the campus skyline this semester as Texas A&M University marks the completion of its state-of-the-art Instructional Laboratory & Innovative Learning Building (ILSQ).
The five-story, 140,000-square-foot facility on the edge of West Campus officially opened its doors at the start of the spring 2023 semester, providing new hands-on learning spaces for chemists, artists and creators of all kinds. Envisioned as a companion to the nearby Innovative Learning Classroom Building (ILCB), the ILSQ took roughly $100 million dollars and just over two years of construction to complete.
Take a look inside to find out what makes this sprawling new facility such an exciting part of A&M’s growing campus.
The ILSQ building stands on the west side of Wellborn Road, directly across the railroad tracks from its sister facility, ILCB, which opened its doors to students in 2020.
The newly-unveiled lab building is the latest in a series of additions to A&M’s West Campus, which celebrated the opening of a new dining facility early last year and will soon welcome construction of the Aplin Center, a facility dedicated to programs in hospitality, retail studies and food product development.
The building’s entryway features plenty of spaces for students to study and relax between classes, as well as a central staircase providing access to the second and third floors. The ground floor is home to general chemistry labs and assorted maker spaces, including a wood shop and a 3D-printing lab.
The second floor features spacious studios for both physical and digital art, as well as additional general chemistry labs.
Throughout the building, the walls are decorated with art pieces showcasing the beauty of chemistry, from artistically composed shots of lab equipment, to colorful diagrams showing the molecular structure of common food and flavor compounds like lactose and menthol.
The general chemistry laboratories found on the lower floors are equipped to host entry- and lower-level undergraduate chemistry labs. The third floor houses more of these labs, along with group study spaces and a chemistry help desk offering additional assistance to students.
The fourth and fifth floors are comprised of organic chemistry laboratories for upper-level lab courses. In these spaces, each station boasts its own fume hood and additional tools for advanced lab work.