Morgan State University has developed a hub for science, technology, engineering and math with its new academic building, the Center for the Built Environment and Infrastructure Studies.

The $69.9 million center, which opened Thursday, features learning technologies such as an earthquake simulation chamber, a 3-D projector and an architecture studio. The earthquake studio is one of two on the East Coast and can simulate seismic activity up to a magnitude of 9.0.

The center will also house the School of Architecture and Planning, the School of Engineering's civil engineering and transportation studies programs, and its National Transportation Center.

Eugene DeLoatch, dean of the College of Engineering, said the integration of the disciplines will assist students in learning.

"Our students have similar threads running through their disciplines," he said. "And now the students are in very close proximity, just as if they worked for a company."

The building has a green roof and other energy-efficient features, as well as rain gardens that can filter rainwater to the Herring Run tributary of the Back River.

Construction of the 131,000-square-foot facility began in 2010.

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