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Coastal Construction donated about $3.5 million for the construction of the building, which will be named the Thomas P. Murphy Studio Design Building after UM alumnus and CEO of Coastal Construction Murphy.
The state-of-the-art facilities will include a fabrication lab, lounge, computer lab, presentation areas, offices and workspaces designed for digital production.
Annette Gallagher, the director of Communications for SoA, said these tools will be new and improved versions of what previously existed within the school.
“Tools like printers are constantly changing and upgrading like smartphones,” Gallagher said. “So the basic technology is the same as it’s been for 25 years, but they keep on improving and getting better and faster and sharper.”
Catalina Ruiz-Luzio, a second-year architecture student, says a shortage of resources has caused problems in the past.
“You have all these students running around trying to get stuff cut, but there aren’t enough printers for all the projects that were going on at the same time,” Ruiz-Luzio said. “At the end of the day, there were students who had to cut everything by hand.”
Fellow second-year architecture student Erin Hickey agrees that more facilities will also help when unpredictable technical problems occur. ….