Texas Tech University

What's New: Esports and Chemistry Lab

Lewis Edwards

October 11, 2023

Let’s take a deep dive into some newly renovated labs on campus.

In this edition, we're checking out two of the most modern labs on campus with Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Lab 221 and CoMC Esports Competition and Streaming Lab

CoMC Esports Competition and Streaming Lab
CoMC Esports Competition and Streaming Lab

Ever wondered what that cool looking lab on the first floor of the College of Media & Communication is? We've got you covered. 

It's the Esports lab, and it's typically filled with students competing from the time it opens until the time it closes. 

The renovation costs for this space totaled nearly $300,000 to make it a more-than-impressive resource for Texas Tech students. The lab is complete with the most cutting-edge technology, including Alienware and students have enhanced audio and video packages due to electrical and data updates.

Esports is something that is gaining momentum around the world, primarily with youth. Texas Tech hopes to attract the next generation of students with streaming, competitive gaming and graphic design aspirations. This shiny new facility will certainly help. 

CoMC Esports Competition and Streaming Lab

This lab is a space where you can work on homework, explore your interests, or take some leisure time and game for fun. This space allows multiple people to compete simultaneously. With enough bandwidth to eliminate delays in gameplay. 

The room is sectioned into rows withs students receiving their own space equipped with a monitor, PC, keyboard and headphones. The space is connected enough to converse with a friend and separated enough to feel personal. The design is modern with LED lights, well-placed finishes and an air purifier. The goal is to develop interactive media professionals of the future.

The renovation to this first floor space in COMC is phase one of a two-phase process. Phase two will focus on creating and maintaining long-term partnerships and endowments to support the maintenance and upkeep of the lab.

Chemistry Lab 221
Chemistry Lab 221

The second lab we're checking out in this episode is Chemistry Lab 221. This lab has seen a renovation that was funded through the Presidential Forum initiative by the Office of the President. This renovation included demolition, new seating, new flooring, finishes, mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades. The highlights of this 1,000-square-foot renovation are the new higher-efficiency fume hoods and snorkels; these should provide a better overall experience for students and instructors.

The modern equipment and touch-ups have quickly turned this lab into a state-of-the-art classroom for students and faculty to learn and teach. 

The labs are two more examples of how Texas Tech is ensuring students have the resources available to keep their eyes on the horizon. 


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