Devon Energy Hall fulfilled the OU Gallogly College of Engineering’s basic need for offices, classrooms, technology laboratories, and an experience-based learning laboratory. The building design was driven by a new engineering curriculum that emphasizes team-based and hands-on learning. The building itself is an experiment in physical learning and an opportunity to put engineering on display; more visible and accessible to students, faculty, and the larger community.
The facility features classrooms, team rooms, teaching labs, and flexible research space; all designed with interdisciplinary collaborative learning in mind where students, faculty, and staff from across all engineering disciplines have the opportunity to share ideas and resources. The first floor features a computer-science teaching lab and digital-design lab. Flexible research space is located on floors two through four and features modular break-out rooms (large and small lab modules) for privacy and security on research projects. Here, the faculty/principal investigators’ offices are arranged around the research-space perimeter with one door opening to the open laboratory and one door opening to the public corridor allowing students to access professors without entering into the labs.
The 5th floor of Devon Energy Hall houses the Microelectronics Cleanroom which is a state-of-the-art, ISO-6 microelectronics cleanroom and semiconductor fabrication space. The facility’s 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, laboratories containing Metal Oxide Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) and Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) systems will advance compound semiconductor materials growth research.