Texas Tech University, Terry Fuller Petroleum Engineering Research Building

Collegiate & Higher Education, Labs and R&D, LEED and Sustainability, Science & Technology, Branding & Graphics

LEED Certified New Construction

Lubbock, Texas


40,000 sf

Project Features
  • Laboratories
  • Office Space
  • Classrooms
  • Conference Rooms
The new Terry Fuller Petroleum Engineering Research Building is a landmark engineering building located in the historic Engineering Key on campus. The building’s design goal was to blend with the rest of the Texas Tech campus, so the design incorporates the Spanish brick style of the existing buildings on campus. The building houses administrative offices, classrooms, conference rooms, graduate and undergraduate areas, library, and engineering laboratories.

The building is designed to integrate three specific components of the program: teaching spaces, student spaces, and both teaching and research labs. The resulting layout reflects this integration, and fosters collaboration between teaching activities, research activities, and the diverse range of students that populate the building. Dedicated student spaces are strategically positioned at the entry vestibules to laboratories and serve as observation rooms as well so that lab activities are always visually accessible to the student population. The focal point of the building is a glass walled “unconventional technology center (lab space)” surrounded by a two-story circulation lobby and student gathering spaces.  This unique design element allows students to physically see the research and teaching incorporated into the Texas Tech Petroleum curriculum and highlights the focus and vision of the Department. 

Also embedded into the design is an opportunity for Private Industry to participate in the Petroleum Department’s programs, from a sponsorship level to actually participating in the R+D activities within.  A simulated “rock wall” greets building entrants as they enter the lobby, but it serves as more than an art installation. Like other components of the building it is a teaching tool, representing the history of drilling from straight bore downhole strategies to horizontal perforations and fracking. The final building program incorporates two teaching labs, a hands-on demonstration and visualization lab, research labs, an unconventional technology lab, an auditorium, tiered classroom, flat floor flexible classroom, multiple student spaces including a student lounge, and the Petroleum Department offices.
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Brian leads and plans all Laboratory, Mission Critical, and Industrial Projects for Kirksey. Brian is an industry recognized leader and resource for multiple research and educational Institutions and the Energy, Oil & Gas, and Petrochem markets – where he provides strategic consulting and project leadership.