Southern New Hampshire University - Innovation and Design Education Building

STEM Learning In A Vernacular Setting

the Innovation and Design Education Building at Southern New Hampshire University is a place for students to design, create, and mentor one another. Opened in early 2020, the building is a 67,000 SF state-of-the-art academic building that houses four CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate) hubs where students can work on projects from conception through operation, turning them into real-world solutions and products.

The building includes teaching labs, flexible classrooms, and a computer lab. A café and array of collaboration spaces foster interaction and provide a “home” for the building occupants of this new Engineering department. The building has spaces dedicated to 2D/3D printing, materials science, and robotics. This facility will complement the newly opened Engineering Annex.

The design for the Innovation and Design Education building is inspired by vernacular building types such as covered bridges, barns, and the turn-of-the-century mill buildings of Manchester, New Hampshire. The building was conceived as a teaching tool with visible structural elements, ductwork, and piping systems. Sustainability guides the choice of mechanical systems and materials to make the building environmentally responsible and long-lasting.


Hooksett, NH

Building Type

Classrooms, Teaching Labs, Computer Lab, Print Shop, Machine Shop


67,000 SF

  • 2020 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture New Building Merit Award

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