Campus Development and Construction
Four recent campus development projects are directly benefitting our neighborhood and downtown Arlington, as well as the North Texas region and beyond.
Current Campus Projects
UT Arlington's new Engineering Research Building fosters cutting-edge collaborations between Engineering and Science and power potential public-private sector partnerships. Located at the southeast corner of Cooper Street and UTA Boulevard, the facility stimulates learning and fuel research to solidify the University’s status among the nation’s top universities. Additionally, the building’s LEED Gold design standards employs many energy-saving features such as light-reflecting and green-roof surfaces, window designs and shading that increase the use of available light and reduce heat transfer, rainwater and air-conditioning, condensation capture and storage for landscape irrigation, and additional environmentally friendly attributes.
College Park District
"At the nucleus of the College Park District is UT Arlington’s long-anticipated special events center — College Park Center. This $78 million, 218,000-square-foot facility seats 7,000 guests. Awarded with a LEED Gold certification for sustainable design, the College Park Center is not only the home of the Mavericks basketball and volleyball teams but host to numerous other public events such as concerts, entertainment and educational programs, lectures, plus commencement and graduation ceremonies."
Residences and Retail
Two new student residences located in the College Park District are scheduled to open in August 2012. Vandergriff Hall, a residence hall which will be home to 500 students, is named after one of Arlington’s most influential figures in Arlington’s history, Tom J. Vandergriff. Vandergriff, who died in 2010 at age 84, served as mayor for the City of Arlington, U.S. congressman, and Tarrant County judge, and was instrumental in elevating UT Arlington's status to a four-year institution. In addition to Vandergriff Hall, the Lofts at College Park will provide apartment-style living to 100 additional students.
Five restaurants, also scheduled to open in early Fall in the College Park District. The restaurants include MAVS Sports Grill, Pho Express, GRIP Mediterranean Grill, Pie Five Pizza Co., and Coolberry Frozen Yogurt.
The Green at College Park
The Green at College Park connects to the city’s Center Street Trail system and is part of an international pilot project devoted to sustainable landscape design, construction, and maintenance.
College Park Center, which is located between Second and Third Streets east of South Pecan Street, opened February 1, 2012. The 218,000-square-foot facility provides a new home court for the University's basketball and volleyball teams. It also gives the University and city a signature facility for high-profile events, conferences, and community activities.
Within the Center, student athletes train in a spacious weight room, prepare for games on two practice courts and in attractive team and visitors locker rooms, and stay fit in a state-of-the-art sports medicine center. As part of its commitment to academic excellence, the University has devoted significant space in College Park to an academic support study center with a study hall, computer lab, group study room, and areas for academic advising.
For more information on the Center or to take a Virtual Tour, visit: http://www.utacollegepark.com/the-center/about-the-center.php
The University of Texas at Arlington has leased mineral rights to Carrizo Oil and Gas, Inc. for the purpose of exploring and developing natural gas from an underground geologic formation called the Barnett Shale. This underground formation lies more than a mile below the earth’s surface and covers approximately 5,000 square miles in at least 17 counties in North Texas.
Activity at the natural gas site at the southeastern edge of campus is providing revenues for a growing number of mineral owners in surrounding neighborhoods who signed agreements with Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. Currently, the University plus mineral owners in the College Hills area, the Arlington Independent School District, and the City of Arlington are receiving monthly royalty payments.
UT Arlington is investing the royalties in programs that directly support students, faculty and the academic mission. For more information, visit www.uta.edu/naturalgas.