Goodyear Polymer Center

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Goodyear Polymer Center
Ua goodyear polymer center exterior.jpg
General information
Status Complete
Type Education
Location 170 University Avenue, Akron, Ohio, United States
Coordinates 41°04′37″N 81°30′52″W / 41.076858°N 81.514532°W / 41.076858; -81.514532Coordinates: 41°04′37″N 81°30′52″W / 41.076858°N 81.514532°W / 41.076858; -81.514532
Construction started 1990
Completed 1991
Owner The University of Akron
Roof 181.67 ft
Technical details
Floor count 12
Floor area 146,000 sq ft (13,600 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Richard Fleischman & Associates

The Goodyear Polymer Center (commonly referred to as "the polymer building") is a 146,000 sq. ft. research facility, located at the University of Akron, in Akron, Ohio. It consists of 12-story and 9-story towers connected by glass-enclosed walkways that serve as areas for informal interaction. It is the 8th tallest building in Akron.


It contains eight large polymer synthesis groups, computer simulation and modeling capabilities, a microscopy suite, molecular and morphological characterization labs, surface analysis facilities, and thermal analysis and mechanical properties testing equipment.[1]

The Goodyear Polymer Center houses both the Department of Polymer Science and the Institute of Polymer Science. The building houses classrooms, approximately 60 labs, 20 faculty offices, and 25 offices with 200 modules arranged in clusters for students and researchers. It contains the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Center, the Paul J. Flory Reading Room, The International Rubber Science Hall of Fame portrait gallery, The Applied Polymer Research Center, and the 213-seat Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Auditorium.[2]

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