The quality of our learning environment matters. Integral to learning, state-of- the-art classrooms, laboratories, and student spaces fuel discovery and enable talented scholars and students to do their best work. Your support has remade Auburn’s campus and created a host of new buildings featuring the latest technology and flexible learning spaces designed for individual and team instruction to promote collaboration.





The Largest Gift in University History

One of the most inspiring moments of Because This is Auburn — A Campaign for Auburn University was the 2015 announcement by 1957 graduates John and Rosemary Brown of their momentous $57 million commitment. Their gift provided $25 million as the lead gift for the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center, $30 million to construct the Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center, and $2 million to create the Rosemary Kopel Brown Chair in Mathematics. The Browns also made a $10 million gift in 2011 for the construction of the Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital to honor longtime friends Wilford and Cratus “Kate” Bailey, former Auburn University president and first lady.

An Enhanced Learning Environment

Renovations and the addition of the Davidson Pavilion have transformed many of the areas most used by students in Broun Hall, home of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The improved facility, which is equipped with the latest instructional technologies, includes a two-story main entrance that allows natural light into the first two floors. This renovation provides an environment that will inspire the next generation of engineers through spaces that are conducive to study and collaboration.

The project was made possible through a $5 million gift from Dorothy Davidson, chair and CEO of Huntsville’s Davidson Technologies, in honor of her late husband Julian, a 1950 electrical engineering graduate and defense industry pioneer.

Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center

Designed to enrich the artistic life of the university and the region through the exploration of the arts, the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center is scheduled to open in 2019. The world-class facility will feature performances by internationally prominent musicians, dance and theatre companies, opera singers, guest speakers, and university performances. The 85,000-square- foot facility will house state-of- the-art spaces with superior acoustics and fully integrated technology, including a 1,200-seat main theatre with an orchestra pit, lift, and adjustable proscenium. The stage and stage house will accommodate a full range of performers. The center will include a spacious open lobby on two levels and an outdoor venue, which will showcase a multitude of performances, events, and festivals with a capacity of more than 1,500 attendees on the lawn and an additional 1,000 audience members in surrounding areas.

Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center

Slated for completion in spring 2019, the Brown-Kopel Engineering Student Achievement Center addresses the professional and academic needs of students from all engineering disciplines. The 142,000-square- foot facility will include creative design spaces, laboratories, shops, project incubators, study rooms, flexible classrooms, and computer labs. Conference rooms, auditoriums, and a tutoring and learning center will house the latest smart technologies, providing one of the most comprehensive, active-learning environments in the country. Supporting the college’s vision to provide the best student-centered engineering education experience in America, the facility will house an academic advising center, a student recruitment center, a professional development and corporate relations center, and the Engineering Academic Excellence Program.

A Home for Hands-On Hospitality

Providing students experiential learning opportunities in environments that simulate real-world workplaces is a cornerstone of Auburn’s educational experience. The new Tony and Libba Rane Culinary Science Center will allow students in Auburn’s hospitality management program to benefit from hands-on lessons and demonstrations in the culinary arts and immersive hospitality instruction.

The world-class facility, made possible by a $12 million commitment from James W. “Jimmy” Rane, a 1968 business administration graduate and member of the Board of Trustees, and the Rane family, will include a restaurant, teaching and demonstration kitchens, a beverage appreciation center, a terrace and rooftop function space, and a spa. The building also will house meeting and board rooms, hotel rooms, suites, and licensed living units.

Named in honor of Rane’s parents, the facility will support expanding program efforts in Alabama’s only professionally accredited hospitality program and will prepare students for successful careers in the burgeoning state tourism sector.

Renovations Engineer Research Technology

The newly renovated Gavin Engineering Research Laboratory, which will accommodate emerging research initiatives through updated, state-of- the-art facilities, includes an additive manufacturing facility that provides students with experience in fabrication technology and the new Center for Polymer and Advanced Composites that will enhance research in this area to meet industry needs. The former Textile Building was renovated as a result of $10.5 million in gifts from Charles E. Gavin III, a 1959 textile management graduate, and his late wife, Carol Ann.

The building also includes traditional research laboratories, a facility for the Nuclear Power Generations Systems Program, a new wind tunnel system, a pulp and paper pilot machine, a series of hands-on student project areas, and collaborative meeting spaces.

The project, which included the demolition of the Engineering Shops and L Building, also created the Carol Ann Gavin Garden. Originally constructed in 1929, the newly renovated laboratory building incorporates advanced technologies capable of serving students and faculty well into the future.

Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital

The 208,000-square- foot Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital is one of the largest and most technologically advanced teaching and referral animal hospitals in the country. Through primary patient care and 13 clinical services, the hospital provides premier care for more than 13,000 companion animal patients per year. A cornerstone of Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the facility also houses a centralized pharmacy, a Clinical Pathology Department, a conference room, and smaller meeting rooms, as well as faculty and staff offices. It now serves as one of the nation’s leading medical facilities for animal healthcare while also providing companion animal clinical education for future veterinarians.

Poultry Facility Enhances Food Chain Research

As the second-largest poultry-producing state, Alabama receives more than $15 billion annually from the poultry industry. Auburn’s Charles C. Miller Jr. Poultry Research and Education Center plays an integral part in the College of Agriculture’s commitment to prepare students to be world leaders in poultry and food science. A $2.5 million gift from Charles C. “Buddy” Miller III and his wife, Pinney Allen, to honor Miller’s parents, Charles C. Miller Jr., a 1938 and 1940 graduate, and Virginia Doke Miller, made the new center possible.

Home to the Alabama Poultry Hall of Fame, the poultry research farm also includes the National Poultry Technology Center and two chicken houses, which allow poultry science students to take the best practices they learn in the classroom and apply them through invaluable hands-on experience. The complex combines research facilities for the entire poultry food chain, allowing controlled experiments, including those with feed additives which enable researchers to follow the growth and health of poultry at every step of the process.