The Peter O’Donnell, Jr. Building (POB) [or “ACES Building”]

The Applied Computational Engineering & Sciences (ACES) Building (now renamed the O'Donnell Building for Applied Computational Engineering & Sciences and known internally as the Peter O'Donnell, Jr. Building - POB) was built, beginning in 1998, under an unusual arrangement with the O’Donnell Foundation.  The Foundation leased the land from the University for one dollar, built the building, and deeded it to the university once it was fully furnished and all of the technology was operational.  This arrangement resulted in an unprecedented 18 month construction period that was critical for the building to be "state-of-the-art" upon completion.  During his weekly walk through, Mr. O'Donnell would say "If the technology does not work then we might as well store hay in it!" The end result was a $35 million state-of-the-art facility built to support interdisciplinary research and graduate study in computational science and engineering, mathematical modeling, applied mathematics, software engineering and computer visualization. The integrated technology within the building has been updated continually so that it remains "state-of-the-art" even today.  This is but one of the O'Donnell Foundation's primary goals for the building, all of which have all been exceeded. Contained below is an archive of the building's history.

The O'Donnell Foundation's list of goals for the building.

Learn more about the vision, concept, and facts about the building.

Find past press releases and articles about the building.

Video of Mr. O'Donnell during ribbon cutting ceremony on October 19, 2000.

Images of the building and artwork.

Mr. O'Donnell states his expectations for the building (July 20, 2000).

Booklet published by the O'Donnell Foundation.

Slide show showing the 18-month construction process.

PowerPoint "Virtual Tour" created in 2007.