The Polymer Engineering Academic Center houses the student, faculty, and administrative offices of the Department of Polymer Engineering and Akron Global Polymer Academy. The four-floor building is home to more than 100 post-doctoral and engineering students, as well as faculty and staff. The center has a 134-seat lecture hall, distance-learning classroom, general purpose classroom, as well as faculty and student offices, conference areas, and seminar rooms. Groundbreaking for the 32,000 square foot Center occurred in November 1999 and the building was dedicated on June 8, 2001. The Polymer Engineering Academic Center was the first building to come on line as part of the New Landscape for Learning Plan at The University of Akron, a $200 million plan for new buildings, improved campus access, and the creation of inviting, park-like open spaces.