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Biggest Gift in Auburn History Christens New Engineering Center

September 12, 2019

Auburn University tomorrow dedicates a new, $44 million academic building for engineering students, the Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center.

Construction of the center was made possible by a $30 million gift from John and Rosemary Brown, which was announced as part of an overall $57 million gift — the largest in university history — in April 2015.

The new facility, comprising 142,000 square feet of space to support engineering studies, creates greater opportunities for collaboration among students and faculty. Located in the heart of campus, it is designed to serve students from all engineering disciplines and incorporates high-contact initiatives through student recruitment, scholarships, curriculum advising, tutoring, career development, corporate relations and international experiences.

Site preparation for the project began in December 2016 with the demolition of the Engineering Shops and L Building. This project completes the third phase of more than $85 million in new construction and renovations for the College of Engineering.

The dedication ceremony will take place Friday, Sept. 13, at 3:15 p.m.