Devon Energy Hall is located at the southwest corner of The University of Oklahoma's Engineering Quadrangle and is home to both Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering. The five-story building design was driven by a new engineering curriculum that emphasizes team-based, hands-on learning through a collaborative learning environment with state-of-the-art classrooms, team rooms, teaching laboratories, and flexible research space. Students and faculty have the ability to collaborate on several research projects within the same space while also having the option to use modular break-out rooms for privacy and security. The open atrium provides study or lounge space for students to gather before or after classes and forum rooms serve as lounge, study, and seminar space; giving all engineering disciplines a place to meet for the academic exchange of ideas in a cross-disciplinary setting.
A significant portion of the facility is devoted to the 5,000-square-foot Devon Energy Hall Microelectronics Cleanroom; a state-of-the-art, ISO-6 microelectronics cleanroom and semiconductor fabrication space. The cleanroom area features over 3,300 square feet of Class 10,000 general and Class 1,000 photo-lab space. The equipment housed within allows for ongoing research and for the fabrication of electronic and optoelectronic devices. Located directly adjacent to the cleanroom are laboratories containing Metal Oxide Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) and Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) systems to advance compound semiconductor materials growth research. All required an in-depth analysis and design in order to ensure occupants remain safe from the toxic and highly-flammable gases.
The Project Team designed the building to provide opportunities for informal interaction. Faculty offices, strategically located between open laboratories and public corridors, encourage student-faculty interaction, while indoor and outdoor seating and lounge spaces promote student-to-student mentoring and communication.