Facilities Approved Under Competitiveness Initiative

by campus as of July 2009


Facilities Projects
UT Arlington Competitiveness Initiative Provides $139 million for Capital Projects at UT Arlington
The Engineering Research Building adds approximately 230,000 gross square feet of state-of-the-art multi-disciplinary teaching and research laboratories, laboratory support spaces, and underground utilities. The $116 million project is designed to achieve a LEED Silver Certification and benefit the computer science and engineering departments, the bioengineering department, and the science and engineering library. The project is expected to be completed in January 2011.
The Engineering Laboratory Building expansion consists of a new third-floor addition—approximately 27,000 gross square feet—and the renovation of two existing laboratory floors with 49,000 gsf to benefit the College of Engineering. The project will be completed in July 2009 at a cost of $23 million.
UT Austin Competitiveness Initiative Provides $420 million for Capital Projects at UT Austin
The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) Expansion, named the McKinney Wing, Phase II, was necessary to maintain competitiveness for external research funding
and qualified staff necessary to meet the lab’s goals. The $3.5 million construction
project is complete and was fully funded by research grants. ARL was established
at UT Austin in 1946 as an organized research unit dedicated to improving the U.S.
military’s capability in applications such as acoustics, electromagnetic, and
information technology. ARL’s operating budget was $68 million in FY 2008.
The Biomedical Engineering Building provides six floors of space to consolidate the department of biomedical engineering previously housed in three separate facilities. Laboratory space will be provided for the department of medicinal chemistry and teaching laboratory space will be available for the department of biology. The first two stages of this $77 million project were completed and occupied in August, 2008. At the request of UT Austin, a third stage consisting of an additional 39,000 GSF of research and teaching lab space was added to the project in February, 2008, and will be completed in December 2010.
The Dell Computer Science Hall will add 132,000 total square feet of space in five floors plus a basement. The construction will include demolition of an outdated chilling station, which has been replaced by UT Austin as part of a separate project. The new $67 million project includes demolition of Taylor Hall and connecting the new building to the Applied Computationa Engineering and Sciences Building.
The Dell Pediatric Research Institute will establish a pediatric health research institute in Austin. Combining UT Austin’s core expertise in life sciences with the new Dell Children’s Medical Center will establish Austin as a center of excellence for children’s health and biomedical research. The $97 million project is complete, adding 150,000 gross square feet to the campus inventory, of which almost 100,000 will be designated for research purposes. The Dell Pediatric Research Institute is the first phase of development at The University of Texas Health Research Campus, a 15-acre property leased from the City of Austin within the 711-acre Robert Mueller Municipal Airport Reuse and Redevelopment Plan in East Austin.
The Norman Hackerman Building/ Vivarium/ Robert A. Welch Hall project will add approximately 287,000 gross square feet with modern, technology-enabled classrooms and undergraduate teaching laboratories critical to UT Austin's ability to continue to provide excellence in science education. The building will provide office and laboratory research space to recruit and retain faculty in critical academic initiative areas such as chemistry, neuroscience, computational biology, nvironmental sciences, pharmacy, and molecular and cellular llion project is a vivarium of approximately 20,000 gross square feet that will be used to support research conducted in the Norman Hackerman Building The project also includes Phase I renovations to approximately 50,000 gross square feet of Welch Hall for use as a m chemistry teaching and research laboratory building.
UT Brownsville  
The Science and Technology Learning Center consists of almost 60,000 gross square feet of research laboratory and teaching space for the biomedical program, an emergency response center, and the expansion of the allied health department. This impressive $33.8 million project also incorporates general purpose administrative and student support office space and is expected to be complete in March 2011.
UT Dallas Competitiveness Initiative Supports $50 million for Capital Projects at UT Dallas
The Center for BrainHealth—winner of a 2009 Texas Society of Architects Design Award—is located in the Frances and Mildred Goad Building, an ultra-modern, 63,000-square-foot scientific institute that combines cutting-edge brain research with clinical interventions. The Center was originally funded by gifts totaling $700,000; additional giving has increased private support to $5 million. Innovative research and clinical services focus on brain disorders such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, autism, and Alzheimer’s disease.
The Math, Science, and Engineering Teaching-Learning Center (MSET) is an integrated science and math teaching/learning building intended to provide a focused, high-quality education environment for math, science, and engineering undergraduate students. The 74,000 square foot facility is slated to serve as a major laboratory for research on effective teaching and learning techniques, both at the collegiate level and kindergarten through 12th grade. Construction is expected to total $30 million and be completed summer of 2010.
The Vivarium and Experimental Space for neuroscience and neuronengineering faculty will be located in the basement of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Laboratory (NSERL). The $15 million project will complete 15,000 square feet of previous shell space. This project completes the NSERL building, a revolutionary, 192,000 square foot facility completed in 2007. The non-traditional building bears inspiring features such as overlapping anodized stainless steel pieces that reflect impressive color arrays and a façade with deep shadow boxes and cantilevered surfaces. The building’s interior has open work stations equipped with large windows, encouraging cross-laboratory and cross-departmental collaboration where researchers can watch other scientists at work.
UT El Paso Competitiveness Initiative Provides $113 million for Capital Projects at UT El Paso
The Physical Sciences/Engineering Core Facility is a new state-of-theart undergraduate laboratory and teaching facility for the chemistry and physics departments. The $85 million project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2011.
The Science and Engineering Core Facilities Upgrade will renovate the existing Physical Sciences Building, the Engineering Science Complex, and finish out the remaining shelled portions of the existing Biosciences Research Building. The $28 million project is expected to be complete in late 2011.
UT Pan American Competitiveness Initiative Supports $11 million for Capital Projects at UT Pan American
The Science Building Renovation completed 13,500 square feet of the previously “shelled” third floor to house two research laboratories, four teaching laboratories, and 24 faculty offices. The $2 million project was completed in fall of 2006, funded by the Higher Education Assistance Fund and tuition revenue bonds.
The Animal Research Facility construction will make a more technologically adequate area in the new Regional Academic Health Center that was constructed by the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Construction of the 20,000 square feet facility is currently on hold and is expected to total $16.4 million.
The Fine Arts Academic and Performance Center will add space for academic studies in the Fine Arts and for performing arts and other University and community events. The $49.7 million project is currently in the pre-planning phase and the project is expected to be complete in the spring of 2014.
The Starr County Upper Level Center is a satellite center of UT Pan American, offering upper division and graduate level coursework through on-campus and distance education courses in almost 18,000 square feet of space. The $7.5 million Center is located in the southwestern part of the Rio Grande Valley, adjacent to the South Texas College campus in Rio Grande City. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2010.
The Student Health Clinic replaces the former clinic in order to accommodate the campus’s growing needs. The $1.4 million new Clinic consists of 7,300 square feet and was built in conjunction with the new Wellness and Recreation Sports Center. Construction of the facility was complete in fall 2007.
UT Permian Basin Competitiveness Initiative Supports $135 million for Capital Projects at UT Permian Basin
The Science and Technology Complex includes construction of 117,000 square feet of space for undergraduate and graduate teaching and research. In addition to laboratories, lecture halls, and general office space, campus wide information systems support will be housed here. The $54 million project is funded through tuition revenue bonds and is expected to be complete in fall 2010.
The Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center includes almost 65,000 assignable square feet of space that will be used for a performing arts center, classroom spaces, and a convocation center for various University functions. The $81 million project includes $45 million in tuition revenue bonds, $16 million in gifts, $12.5 million in Permanent University Fund bonds and $7.5 million in grants.
UT San Antonio  
The Competitiveness Initiative funded two new facilities: the second phase of the Biotechnology, Sciences, and Engineering (BSEII) Building and renovations of the Science Facility at the 1604 Campus. The BSEII Building (right) adds 150,000 square feet of research and teaching space, featuring the most sophisticated technology for an information-intensive environment. Science Facility renovations at the 1604 Campus will improve research and teaching space at the physical science laboratory, earth and life science laboratory, and the small animal laboratory. This project is currently in the planning stages and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2010.
UT Tyler Competitiveness Initiative Supports $56 million for Capital Projects at UT Tyler
The Renovation and Expansion for Engineering Sciences project will cost $48 million and includes several phases to add 6,800 square feet of new space and renovate 250,500 of existing space. First, the Engineering, Science, and Technology north building will be renovated, converting existing science and math classrooms and laboratories into larger science laboratories appropriate for lower division students and adding faculty and staff space. Second, as scientists move into the new space, their offices will house major portions of the College of Education. Third, space vacated by the College of Education will return the student center back to students. Finally, surge space that is created by the renovation will become permanent study space for waiting art students.
The Expansion of the Palestine Campus will add 17,500 square feet of space to accommodate rapid enrollment growth. The $8 million project will add clinical and general classrooms, laboratories, and general faculty office space. The additional space provides needed expansion for programs such as nursing where critical shortages exist throughout the state.
UT Southwestern Competitiveness Initiative Provides $193 million for Capital Projects at UT Southwestern
The Laboratory Research and Support Building will contain two floors for a pathogen-free vivarium facility to include areas for: animal holding, procedures, laboratories, cage-washing and autoclave, and associated material handling and storage. The remaining two floors will be used for research and support. The $36.6 million project is complete and added 80,000 square feet of space, 16,000 of which was left as shell space on the fourth floor.
North Campus Phase V will add a twelve story biomedical research building, a vehicular bridge to the main North Campus entry, a pedestrian bridge connecting to the Pickens Biomedical Building, and an expansion of the North Campus Thermal Energy Plant. Four floors will be finished –out initially, including a 3,000 square foot structurally isolated microscopy laboratory. The remaining floors will be finished-out in a subsequent project. The $156 million project is about one-third complete and is expected to be fully complete in spring 2010.
UT Medical Branch Competitiveness Initiative Provides $235 million for Capital Projects at UTMB
The Galveston National Laboratory (GNL) is a186,000 square foot research facility. The Laboratory is an essential component of a national initiative to enhance biodefense research capabilities in order to promote the development of effective vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics capable of mitigating the threat of dangerous emerging infectious diseases. The $174 million initiative builds on UT Medical Branch’s strengths and establishes the institution as the world’s premier site for infectious disease research while supporting national objectives. Construction of the GNL was completed in August 2008. When Hurricane Ike struck Galveston Island in September, the GNL withstood the storm and suffered no damage—precisely as designed. The lab’s dedication moved forward in November, a mere two months after the hurricane made landfall.
The Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes will provide 110,000 square feet of space for outpatient services when it opens in early 2010. The $61 million project will serve one of the fastest growing areas in the state of Texas and will address the short stay and ambulatory care needs of UT Medical Branch employees and families as well as residents of the region.
UT HSC-Houston Competitiveness Initiative Provides $236 million for Capital Projects at UTHSCH
The Biomedical Research and Education Facility (BREF) and the Dental Replacement Building are located in the UT Research Park being jointly developed by UTHSCH and UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. The BREF consists of 170,300 gross square feet that will contain both wet and dry labs, supporting research such as neurological imaging and adult stem cell studies. The $77 million project is 80% complete and expected to be completed in December 2009.
The Dental Replacement Building replaces a 52-year-old facility with 285,000 gross square feet of space for research labs, computerized simulators, instruction, learning resources, and patient services. The $155 million project is the largest singleproject capital outlay for the UTHSCH. The building will be connected to the BREF via hallways where the oral pathology labs and the Houston Biomaterials Research Center will be housed. Construction has begun and is expected to be completed in summer of 2012.
The expansion of the RAHC Public Health Satellite building is located on the UT Brownsville campus. An additional 15,000 square feet has been added to the existing building and a Biosafety Level 3 laboratory will support the bioterrorism research initiative. The $4 million project was completed in 2008.
UT HSC-San Antonio Competitiveness Initiative Provides $260 million for Capital Projects at UTHSCSA
The Ruth McLean Bowers Cyclotron Wing is a $3 million addition to the Research Imaging Center located in the Robert F. McDermott Clinical Science Building. The 3,200 square foot project was completed in spring 2008 and is being used to study basic mechanisms of cognitive learning, development, and aging in animal models for human diseases. In honor of a local philanthropist’s donation of $1.6 million, the wing has been named the Ruth McLean Bowman Bowers Cyclotron Wing.
The Medical Arts Research Center will serve as the institution’s multispecialty faculty practice group, combining eight research and clinical locations into a single medical practice within 286,000 square feet. The $100 million project is intended to be a “one-stop-shop” for both primary and specialty patient care. Innovative elements of the facility include “clinical neighborhoods” for easy navigation by patients and physicians and concierge services for patients. The Center is 90 percent complete and is expected to be fully complete in November 2009.
The South Texas Research Facility (STRF) will add 188,000 square feet of new research space to allow significant expansion of the institution’s basic and translational research programs. Research to be carried out in the $150 million building will focus on translational research in scientific areas highly relevant to South Texas (e.g. diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases, cancer biology including molecular therapeutics, age-related neurodegenerative disease and developing technologies to protect the nation from Bio-Terrorism). Plans for a new program in metabolic biology and regenerative medicine are also in place that will use the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute as the prime engine. An important focus of the STRF will be the training of future clinician scientists from the South Texas region at the UTHSCSA. A National Center for Integrative Sciences will be developed in this facility, creating an environment for multi-disciplinary creativity and innovation that will accelerate the pace of discovery by moving the basic discoveries of UTHSCSA and its collaborative partners into applications and products that improve human health. Construction has begun and is expected to be complete by April 2011.
The Laboratory Animal Resources Renovation provides necessary space to better suit a large and expanding animal research program. The $4.8 million project includes a 1 to 1 match from grant funding and has been completed.
UT M. D. Anderson Competitiveness Initiative Provides $879 million for Capital Projects at UTMDA
Alkek Building expansion includes five new inpatient floors with additional support space provided for pharmacy, nursing support, and additional beds in the post anesthesia care unit and the intensive care unit. The 517,000 square foot project will also renovate the existing 12th floor to address infrastructure issues associated with the current protected environment. Construction of the $321 million expansion is 35 percent complete and is expected to be fully complete in January 2013.
Phase I of the Bastrop Facility consists of 75,000 square feet of basic research laboratories, education space, primate research laboratories, pathology support, and various site and infrastructure upgrades. The $52 million project has been completed and construction has moved to Phase II.
The South Campus Research Building 3 contains the Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging Research and will be a six story building that will contain laboratories dedicated to the development and validation of sophisticated technology and instrumentation, such as Positron Emission Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Optical Imaging Tracers. The $132 million project received an award from the Texas Enterprise Fund to encourage scientists to work together to create new ways of diagnosing cancer and cardiac disease and selecting appropriate therapies. The 315,000 square foot facility is now 80 percent complete and is scheduled for completion in December 2009.
The South Campus Research Building 4 contains the Center for Targeted Therapy. It is a new six story research facility housing laboratories and offices for the Department of Experimental and Molecular Therapeutics as well as other translations research departments. The 209,000 square feet of new space will offer shared support laboratories such as environmental rooms, dark rooms, and shared equipment spaces as well as wet laboratories for translational research, a research medical library satellite, a distance learning center, and a support office complex for support services such as the Office of Technology Commercialization, Grants and Contracts, and Legal Services for intellectual property management. The Center for Targeted Therapy will develop and facilitate more effective partnerships and information exchange between health care providers, extramural researchers, academic institutions, and industry groups involved in early cancer detection and treatment. The $95 million project is 41% complete and is expected to be fully complete in December 2010.
Phase I of the Smithville Facility includes a new 29,000 square foot research laboratory building plus site and infrastructure upgrades. The original scope of the 29,000 square foot project is complete, with a project cost of over $30 million.
The T. Boone Pickens Academic Tower will provide 21 stories and 730,000 square feet of space for faculty and various administrative functions including executive and administrative offices Additional amenities include food service, fitness center (future), and training center. Skybridges will connect the Tower to the Faculty Center and the Mays Clinic skybridge. The construction of the $173 million project is being completed in phases and the first occupancy phase began in spring 2008.
The South Campus Vivarium Facility provides almost 66,000 gross square feet of new and renovated space for the animal research facilities. The Vivarium will be built in existing warehouse and vivarium space in the Physical Plant Building and adjoining the Smith Research Building. Existing animal facilities will also be renovated as part of the $45 million project.
UT HSC-Tyler  
The UT System Competitiveness Initiative supports one new facility, the Academic Center. Phase I of the $42 million new construction will add a three-floor building with over 78,500 gross square feet with a two level lobby pavilion that connects to the existing main hospital complex. The first floor will be designated for use as a Cancer Research and Treatment Area. The second and third floors will be shell space for future Residency Program Clinic and Academic and Conference Center. The project includes over $21 million in tuition revenue bonds, $10 million in Permanent University Fund bonds, almost $5.9 million in revenue financing system bonds, and $5 million in designated funds.


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