Engineering Research Building Nears Completion
Construction on the 234,000-square-foot Engineering Research Building (ERB) near the corner of Cooper Street and UTA Boulevard remains ahead of schedule.
“We’re more than 85 percent complete,” says Bill Amendola, senior project manager for the UT System’s Office of Facilities Planning and Construction. “The ERB is dried-in, meaning all exterior doors and windows are in place and the interior air is conditioned. We’re beginning to install some of the casework and ceiling grids, starting on the top floors in each section and working down.”
The building’s north wing, along UTA Boulevard, has two sections, one six stories and one five stories, and will house classrooms, offices, and laboratories for the Computer Science and Engineering Department. The four-story east wing, along College Street, will house labs for the Bioengineering Department and the College of Science. The building’s exterior stone and masonry is in place. The brick matches the adjoining Nedderman Hall and the Engineering Lab Building, as does the smooth and rough-hewn limestone. A pedestrian bridge connecting the third floors of the ERB and the Engineering Lab Building is almost complete.
The ERB is designed to meet requirements for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification. Its energy-saving features include green and light-reflecting roofs, window designs for improved use of available light, rain and condensate water capture and storage for landscaping, and use of recycled materials.
Furniture will be installed in November and equipment in December, with occupancy scheduled for January 2011. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are slated for March and will be held in conjunction with the UT Arlington Development Board meeting.