The University of Texas at Arlington has broken ground on the next-generation Science and Engineering Innovation and Research (SEIR) building, a cutting-edge facility designed to enhance collaborative research.
Made possible thanks to the support of the Texas legislature and The University of Texas System, the $125 million building will span 220,000 square feet and provide a new, iconic southern entry to the campus.
The project will add 900 teaching seats in lecture halls and classrooms, which will support enrollment growth across campus, especially the planned growth in the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and the College of Science.
The building is designed in accordance with sustainable practices, with energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, water conservation practices, and sustainable materials for flooring and interior finishes. A key design aspect is glass interior walls enabling work in the collaborative lab space to be visible to first-year students-a concept called "science on display."
"We want the ideas that spring from SEIR to positively impact the health and wellness of our community and society in general."
"The building itself is designed to inspire students to become interested in research and pursue further careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics," says Duane Dimos, vice president for research. "As we continue to strengthen research at UTA, the SEIR building will be critical to boldly advancing our strategic goals in the area of health and the human condition."
Now in the early stages of construction, the SEIR building is expected to open in 2018.
"A great university must combine outstanding teaching and instruction, community service, and excellence in generating new knowledge," Dr. Dimos says. "We want the ideas that spring from SEIR to positively impact the health and wellness of our community and society in general."