Groundbreaking on the state-of-the-art SEIR building took place October 27, 2016. Civic leaders, along with University and student leadership, gathered to celebrate the new teaching and research space, scheduled to be completed in summer 2018.
The University of Texas System Board of Regents has approved the design for a new University of Texas at Arlington Science and Engineering Innovation and Research (SEIR) building, a space that will support the significant growth of students in areas of workforce need and provide the basis for enhancement in research activity.
The $125 million, modern glass and steel building will span 220,000 square feet and provide a new, iconic southern entry to the UTA campus, south of the existing Life Science building. 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.
Texas elected officials and numerous university supporters and faculty joined University of Texas at Arlington President Vistasp M. Karbhari to break ground Thursday, Oct. 27 on UTA’s new $125 million Science and Engineering Innovation and Research building, which will be the signature research facility for life and health science research at UTA. Read More
The University of Texas at Arlington will begin construction in the fall of 2016 on the $125 million Science and Engineering Innovation and Research Building, Tradeline reported. Designed by Page and ZGF Architects to support collaborative, team-based learning and discovery, the six-story, 220,000-square foot facility will provide two floors of instructional space, with research activities occupying four floors and a basement level. Read More
Each floor of the constructional wing incorporates a 150-seat and a 300-seat classroom, both intended for general campus use for larger core courses. 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."
Construction of the Texas limestone, steel-and-glass structure is expected to begin this Fall with substantial completion by Summer 2018. The building is designed in accordance with sustainable practices, with high energy efficient heating and cooling systems, water conservation practices and sustainable materials for flooring and interior finishes.
The construction manager is Hunt Construction Group, Inc., who previously managed the construction of College Park Center. Designed by Page and ZGF Architects, the SEIR building includes a four-story wing with a basement level for research laboratory use and a two-story instructional classroom wing that can also be adapted to host conferencs and workshops.
Construction plans include building the new SEIR building, removing some antiquated housing, and constructing a new residence and dining facility on the west side of campus.