Translational Research at the University of Kansas: Bringing Learning, Research, and Industry Together

Punit Jain, CannonDesign

The University of Kansas has embarked on a journey to rethink and expand their science teaching and research. Dubbed the "Earth, Energy, and Environment Center," or EEEC, the $82 million project is focused on developing top-notch research in high-demand areas of geology and petroleum industries. Additionally, the research developed within the center will link with industry outreach opportunities and partnerships.

The new Earth Energy and Environment Building at the University of Kansas will provide a central rallying point for all energy and environment research and teaching on campus. In addition, its technology transfer and outreach center will provide the public face of KU's energy and environment expertise and link it to national and international industries.

Located adjacent the existing Lindley Hall, at the corner of Naismith Drive and Jayhawk Boulevard, the building will house state of the art high capacity active learning studio laboratory environments and a new visualization core facility, as well as high performance computing labs for Geology, Petroleum Engineering, and Geography.

Research labs are focused on unconventional research for Geology and Engineering; including geo-microbiology; a stable isotope geochemistry lab for geothermal research; labs focused on the chemistry of organic particles in unconventional hydrocarbon systems; Tertiary Oil Recovery Program labs for new technologies to improve fractured reservoir extraction. There will also be a nano-science core facility with class 100 to class 10,000 clean rooms for research into energy production, transmission, and storage.

Included in the facility will be state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms and offices that house a host of sciences, including geology, and petroleum.

The sustainable features within the center and energy conservation target of 30% better than the ASHRAE baseline.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the research initiatives of the University of Kansas.
  • Learn how the research efforts and industry partnerships can strengthen the science curriculum and outcomes for students.
  • Why centralizing all energy and environment teaching can be beneficial for campuses.
  • How to achieve an energy conservation target of 30% better than the ASHRAE baseline.


A key member of the firm's Science & Technology practice, Punit Jain brings extensive experience in designing both teaching and research laboratory buildings. Mr. Jain is responsible for promoting high-performance design through LEED certification, conducting training for the firm's professionals and high-performance design practices. Mr. Jain serves on the national board of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories and the advisory board of of SEFA.


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