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Thursday, September 18, 2008

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Media Contact: Herb Booth, Office:817-272-7075, Cell:214-546-1082, hbooth@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - Officials believe the new 230,000-square-foot, $116 million Engineering Research Building will stimulate learning and fuel research to propel and solidify The University of Texas at Arlington’s placement among the nation’s top universities.

The official ground-breaking for the facility – which will be shared by the Colleges of Engineering and Science – will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, on land cleared just north of Nedderman Hall. Attendance is by invitation only.

“The facility will be truly impressive,” UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo said. “It will help us attract the best and the brightest researchers and teachers among the world of academia. We are excited because this facility will make us well-prepared to jump to the next level of discoveries.”

Bill Carroll, dean of the UT Arlington College of Engineering, said the new building will be the most significant building on campus and constitutes the University’s most dynamic construction project in the last couple of decades.

“It will be the crown jewel on campus,” Carroll said. “It will be spectacular. What we and the University are hoping is that it will give us considerable visibility, and the result will be a better and more prestigious image.”

Paul Paulus, dean of the UT Arlington College of Science, said the building will contain state-of-the-art equipment for students and faculty.

“It will be a cutting-edge research facility,” Paulus said. “Potential faculty simply won’t even consider working someplace that doesn’t have the appropriate facilities. The best scientists go to where the best facilities are.”

The building will be part of the Engineering Research Complex, which will include Nedderman Hall and the soon-to-be-expanded Engineering Laboratory Building.

“We think the central quad formed by the buildings will be a focal point of the University,” Dean Carroll said.

Dean Paulus said the collaboration between the colleges is exciting and could lead to research discoveries.

In addition, the building is keeping with one of the University’s favorite topics: going green.

The building’s design standards will employ several energy-saving features. Those features should land the building a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) Silver certification. The building will have light-reflecting and green-roof surfaces, window designs and shading that increase the use of available light and reduce heat transfer, capture and storage of rain water and air-conditioning condensation for landscape irrigation, and additional environmentally friendly attributes.

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