Located at the center of the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus just north of the ZGF-designed Warren J. Baker Center for Science and Mathematics, the new William and Linda Frost Center for Research and Innovation will be the first truly interdisciplinary building on campus dedicated to undergraduate students who engage in faculty-mentored research each year and work side-by-side with professors. The four-story, 103,800 SF building will bring three colleges together under one roof: the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM), and the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) and was designed to support the educational priorities of a growing student and faculty population, promote interdisciplinary communities, and provide much needed academic space. It houses 19 flexible laboratory and teaching spaces, large general-purpose classrooms, collaboration areas, faculty / staff offices, as well as a recording studio, editing bays, a high-end computer laboratory, and a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen, demonstrating the University’s excellence in faculty mentored student research and robust interdisciplinary endeavors, and reflecting its educational philosophy to “Learn by Doing.” The teaching kitchen for CAFES is showcased on the first floor and is highly visible from the atrium. The program features a sensory laboratory facility in which outside subjects are taken through trials of sampling food and beverage offerings for research feedback, often in partnership with food / agriculture industry companies. Modularly planned laboratories provide flexibility for any future changes and can be combined to produce large, open laboratories or subdivided to produce small instrument or special-use laboratories. Additionally, an instructional and project space for the Colleges of Liberal Arts will offer students a “big room” in which they can create, perform, test, record, and display their work for passersby along the adjacent hallways and exterior pathways. Designed to achieve LEED Gold®, the building incorporates high performance measures to maximize passive cooling and heating, utilize natural ventilation in the faculty offices, exceed current Title 24 standards by 20%, consume 30% less potable water, and will include the capacity to accommodate future rooftop solar panels.