Mountaintop Campus

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Academic Innovation Higher Education

rendering of maker space studio

Lehigh's vision is to transform the former home of Bethlehem Steel's research operations, an elegant but long unoccupied 1950s high-bay industrial complex, into a unique home for a diverse groups of students, entrepreneurs, researchers, and faculty.

Our design proposes a “mixing box” addition to connect the existing office/lab building to three high-bay buildings to create a dynamic unified space. Flexible collaborative Makerspaces are adaptable to support evolving needs and technologies.

Building Facts

  • 60,000 GSF

Changing the Way We Think about Education

Lehigh is reinventing higher education on its Mountaintop campus.


Makerspaces on the Rise for Interdisciplinary Higher Education

by Toni Loiacano

Trinity Cube

Using the example of her favorite Makerspace, the Cube at Trinity University, Toni Loiacano details what makes Makerspaces engaging learning environments for students of all disciplines in High Profile's "Makerspaces on the Rise for Interdisciplinary Higher Education."

Pushing the Envelope

innovation classroom

Future phases of this project will rejuvenate exterior elements and create dedicated new space for the Data X initiative. This unique academic endeavor allows faculty and students to leverage the University’s interdisciplinary strengths by using computer and data science to push the boundaries of research, teaching, and learning in fields including bioengineering, data analytics, and digital media.

Innovation Collaborative Space

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