This paper details the design, renovation, and approximately eight years of operation, plus some additional renovation, of a hands-on undergraduate student projects laboratory with approximately 400 undergraduate students authorized to use the lab during a given semester. Approximately 10,000 square feet of open space was converted into a machine shop, welding shop, CAD lab, and individual project work bays. Problems encountered during renovation, rules for operation, problems encountered, cost of operation, and staffing of the laboratory are discussed. Discussion is presented of what might have been done differently, and advice for those who would create such a lab is included.

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