You are invited to the dedication of the new Fields Engineering Center, home of Lipscomb University's Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering, Thursday, May 11, 2017. The dedication ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and will be followed by lunch and tours of the facility. R.S.V.P. by May 5 by clicking here.
Jan. 9, 2017 marked the beginning of a new chapter for the College of Engineering as the Fields Engineering Center opened its doors for the spring semester, uniting engineering faculty and students under one roof for the first time.
This 26,800-square-foot building replaces the previous engineering labs, classrooms and offices located in both the James D. Hughes Center and the McFarland Science Center on campus. Construction on the project began December 2015.
The building houses collaborative learning spaces, flexible teaching areas and labs among other features. The building is also a learning tool in itself with its exposed and color coded MPE ducting, piping and conduit in lab and learning spaces; central monitoring of mechanical systems and rooftop access for solar experimentation.
The sustainability features also provide valuable real-world learning opportunities for students. Features include; a white roof, energy-efficient lighting, mechanical and plumbing systems designed at a LEED silver level, storm water management through planting and infiltrations, climate-appropriate materials for site landscaping and concrete structure that includes recycled content.
The Fields Engineering Center is named for longtime ExxonMobil executive Charles Fields and his wife, Margaret. A 1964 graduate of Lipscomb Academy, Fields graduated with a chemical engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and began his career in Houston, Texas, with Humble Oil and Refining Company, which later became ExxonMobil Corporation. In 2001, Fields was named executive vice president of ExxonMobil Development Company, the company responsible for planning and executing all major oil and gas developments for the corporation. He retired from ExxonMobil in 2006 after more than 38 years of service. He was a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers throughout his career and lived in a number of locations, including Texas, Louisiana, Florida, New Jersey and Australia.