The 66,000-square-foot aerospace research facility, named after the building's lead benefactors Mary E. Bazar and Si Robin, is expected to be completed in Fall 2016.
It's adjacent to the existing Ryan Hall and will be connected via skywalk across North 42nd Street to UND Aerospace's Clifford and Halls. The building is funded largely by private donations and the state authorized UND to spend up to $22 million on the project.
The project is partly funded by a $1.5 million contribution from the North Dakota Challenge Fund that matches every $1 in private donations with $2. Theses funds specifically will be used for supplementary expenses, such as furniture and landscaping.
The project has been managed by the UND Aerospace Foundation, a private-sector support arm of UND Aerospace.
UND's John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences was the first to offer a bachelor's degree in unmanned aircraft systems studies. Much of Robin Hall will be devoted to UAS research, though other areas of aerospace study also will be housed there.
The building will have four floors and a basement with room for labs and simulators. In alignment with former President Robert Kelley's strategic plan for the school, collaborative learning space is also a priority.