The university broke ground on the HST building in October 2019 and plans to open the facility in January for the start of the Spring 2022 semester. At 190,000 square feet, it’s the largest building that Lehigh has ever constructed, containing 36,000 square feet of lab and lab support space with potential room to grow.
A pedestrian bridge over Asa Drive will connect HST to the courtyard serving Seeley-Mudd, Sinclair and Whitaker labs, creating a hub of research activity. What sets HST apart from those buildings is the large open-concept floor plan and shared wet, damp and dry labs.
It’s also the first academic building on Lehigh’s campus with doors facing the community and entrances onto Morton Street at both Webster and Adams streets.
Among HST’s key spaces is the Core Data Visualization (Viz) Lab, a shared space on the basement level that will include two research labs and a research commons. The lab will provide researchers with the ability to access, analyze and visualize massive amounts of data.
Researchers will also be able to utilize the lab’s virtual and augmented reality capabilities. Lehigh’s world-class electron microscopy and surface characterization tools will also be located on the basement level.
The floor above includes the community health room, open shared lab space, student desks and faculty offices. Another level up is the College of Health administrative suite and a café with a shaded outdoor terrace. A forum with tall ceilings and moveable walls will allow for larger gatherings, lectures, receptions and other events.
The next level up will feature the pedestrian bridge and more faculty offices and shared lab space.
This was the first year Lehigh hosted Light Up the Night in Farrington Square. The event was sponsored by University Business Services and the LU Bookstore with the cookies and cocoa donated by Dining Services.
The lights in Farrington Square will remain lit for the rest of the month, while the new HST sign will be permanently on.
“We hoped to bring the campus together for a safe and fun event and to add a little cheer. Based on the turnout, we hope to make it an annual event,” said Monika Skuriat Fritz, director of retail partnerships and marketing at Lehigh.