HST, a "research sandbox," is set to open in Fall 2021

As more members of the Lehigh community return to campus throughout the summer and at the start of the fall semester, they’ll notice a significant change at the corner of Morton and Webster streets.

A former parking lot has given rise to the 195,000-square-foot Health, Science, and Technology (HST) Building, a facility that, once complete, will be a “research sandbox,” says Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Nathan Urban.    

“HST by its very nature from day one will bring people together from across Lehigh—different colleges, different departments, different fields that are traditionally more siloed all in one place,” says Urban. “Today’s research questions and problems often don’t respect disciplinary boundaries. They require people from different fields to bring their expertise to bear. HST invites that kind of collaboration.” 

In addition to serving as home to the College of Health, HST initially will offer flexible space for faculty from a variety of disciplines focusing on research in biohealth and energy to interact and collaborate.  

“HST will be the most capable building on campus in the kinds of experiments and research that it will support. It also pushes the envelope because of the way the building is designed and the environment and culture it will create,” says Urban. “The building will foster cross talk between experimentalists and computational and quantitative researchers constructing models and conducting data analysis and visualization. We expect the interplay between those areas will catalyze innovative and creative research.”  

The sustainably designed building is scheduled to open in late Fall 2021.

Among HST’s key spaces is the Core Data Visualization (Viz) Lab, a shared space on the basement level that will include two research labs and a research commons. This lab will provide researchers with the ability to access, analyze and visualize massive amounts of data. Researchers will also be able to utilize the lab’s virtual and augmented reality capabilities. Lehigh’s world-class electron microscopy and surface characterization tools will also be located on the basement level.   

Read the full story in the Lehigh University News Center.

Story by Kelly Hochbein

Envisioning Lehigh's new Health, Science and Technology Building