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UT System adds $20 million in support for new UTA Science, Engineering Innovation and Research building

The University of Texas System Board of Regents has approved $20 million from the Permanent University Fund for the new University of Texas at Arlington Science, Engineering Innovation and Research building and included the project in the UT System Capital Improvements Program – ushering in a new era in cutting-edge health science teaching and research.

Proposed location of SEIR building

The proposed location of the 200,000-square-foot Science, Engineering Innovation and Research Building.

Construction of the 200,000-square-foot contemporary facility is expected to begin in 2016 with substantial completion by mid-2018. Page and ZGF Architects, the architecture and engineering firms that designed UTA’s Engineering Research Building, have been selected as the SEIR architecture and engineering team. The new building will become a highly visible and iconic gateway to the UTA campus as visitors approach from the south.

The new space will be focused on interdisciplinary research and teaching and will contribute significantly to the University’s growing excellence in health science initiatives, UTA President Vistasp M. Karbhari said.

“UTA has experienced a tremendous trajectory over the past few years through growth in enrollment, including at the graduate level associated with research, significant enhancement in academic quality and international reputation, and increases in research activity,” President Karbhari said. “The new building will provide state-of-the-art collaborative classroom and interdisciplinary laboratory space our students and faculty need to continue on our path toward even higher levels of excellence.

“We are most appreciative of the vision of our Board of Regents and the UT System through their support for our drive towards being the model 21st century urban research university. The addition of this building, made possible through the support of the legislature and the Board of Regents, will enable UTA to continue meeting the needs of our community.”

State lawmakers previously approved $70 million in Tuition Revenue Bond support for the project. University leadership intends to raise additional funding through grants and donations to complete the building.

Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams noted the immediate and long-term economic impact that the new building will bring and called the UT System vote “another example of the positive momentum we are building in Arlington, where dreams are rapidly becoming reality.”

“On behalf of the City of Arlington, I’d like to extend our appreciation to The University of Texas System and the Board of Regents for this significant support to help expand education and research capacity at UTA,” Williams said. “Cities that are fortunate to have a major public research university like ours thrive. They develop and retain a well-educated workforce, and attract businesses that depend on talent and innovation.”

The six-story SEIR building will be southwest of Pickard Hall, home of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and south of the existing Life Science building. It will include multi-use collaborative spaces, large classrooms and lecture halls and innovative research and teaching labs.

The SEIR building ensures that UTA continues to be a significant partner in helping the State of Texas achieve its newly adopted educational goal of having 60 percent of state residents ages 25 to 34 possess a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2030. Currently, only 38 percent of Texans between those ages have a college degree.

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 51,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UTA as one of the 20 fastest-growing public research universities in the nation in 2014. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as a “Best for Vets” college by Military Times magazine. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more, and find UTA rankings and recognition at http://www.uta.edu/uta/about/rankings.php.

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