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New Creative Spaces Highlight of UT’s Newest Building

Published: September 03, 2015
The community incubator is a live lab where up to nine community businesses in their earliest stages will be hosted.
The community incubator is a live lab where up to nine community businesses in their earliest stages will be hosted.
The inspiration center includes a pop-up pitch area, two think pods for group contemplation and office space for students to translate their ideas into business plans
The inspiration center includes a pop-up pitch area, two think pods for group contemplation and office space for students to translate their ideas into business plans

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For Student Government President Sarah Daniels ’16, an entrepreneurship major, the Innovation and Collaboration Building (ICB) is about energy and inspiration.

“There is a definitely a mindset here with a lot of creative and abstract learning environments,” said Daniels, who has classes in this newest academic building on campus, which was dedicated Sept. 3 and features a state-of-the-art entrepreneurship center and high tech cybersecurity labs.

For Ravi Goldberg ’16, who is in the business plan capstone course this semester, he already has a work group formed this first week of classes and is looking forward to utilizing the ICB.

“It’s going to be a great place to work and collaborate from the idea creation phase to the pitch,” he said.

The ICB — located at the corner of Kennedy and North boulevards — is a multi-story structure that successfully combines administrative and academic functions. The building features three floors of academic and administrative space, including the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, and four floors of parking that is accessed by a bridge that arches over North A Street.

The ICB is meant to be a place where students will come together to solve problems, learn, answer questions, relax, interact, teach and be taught.

“We work hard to create an ever richer environment to stimulate creative work,” said Ronald Vaughn, UT’s president, of this latest addition to the many opportunities added over the last couple years. “We seek new ways to catalyze students so they can find their passion and emerge to make their mark on the world.”

For floor-by-floor details, read UT to Hold Open House of New Innovation and Collaboration Building on Sept. 3.

The Entrepreneurship Center is named after John P. Lowth, a member of the UT class of 1982. Lowth, of Long Island, NY, and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, is currently the president of Arnone, Lowth, Wilson, Leibowitz, Andriano & Greco LLC, which is a life insurance firm specializing in estate planning and business continuity planning for high net worth estates.

In alignment with UT’s commitment to environmental stewardship, the ICB has been designed and constructed to be a candidate for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification of the U.S. Green Building Council.