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New building to accelerate health science exploration

UTA researchers will soon have a new place to pursue life-enhancing discoveries.

The University is advancing plans for a six-story Science and Engineering Innovation and Research (SEIR) Building to help meet increasing student demand and further the institution’s emerging concentration in health science initiatives.

“Demand for degrees in engineering, science, nursing, and allied health careers continues to grow,” President Vistasp Karbhari says. “Given our substantial academic and research strengths in these areas, UTA is well positioned to become a national leader in health science with the addition of this collaborative research and teaching facility and state-of-the-art laboratory space.”

To be located south of Pickard Hall and the Life Science Building, the 200,000-square-foot facility will feature a structural steel and glass atrium, multi-use collaborative spaces, large classrooms and lecture halls, and innovative research and teaching labs.

State lawmakers approved $70 million in tuition revenue bonds to support the SEIR Building earlier this year. Additionally, the UT System Board of Regents approved $20 million from the Permanent University Fund and included the project in the UT System Capital Improvements Program. UTA plans to raise additional funding through grants and donations.

“UTA really is seizing the opportunity to be a catalyst for growth and improvement in Arlington and across the North Texas region,” Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams says. “The Science and Engineering Innovation and Research Building will enable UTA to scale up academic and research activity to meet our regional and statewide workforce and business needs.”

Construction is expected to begin in 2016 with substantial completion by mid-2018. The architecture and engineering team comprises Page and ZGF Architects, the firms that designed UTA’s Engineering Research Building.

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