UTA broke ground Thursday on its $125 million Science and Engineering Innovation and Research building, which officials say will bolster the university’s already recognized standing among research institutions.
The 220,000-square-foot building, expected to open in August 2018, will have a four-story research wing plus a basement for lab work, and a two-story wing classroom wing with 900 seats to accommodate enrollment growth in engineering, nursing and science, the University of Texas at Arlington said.
It will be the university’s cornerstone facility for life and health science research, providing 12 unique research lab “neighborhoods” for study in fields including chronic illness, aging, cancer, tissue engineering, neuroscience and data analytics for health research.
“This is another milestone in our journey to being the very best university in Texas,” President Vistasp M. Karbhari said.
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Karbhari was joined by several state elected officials and university leaders for the ceremonial shovel-turning to the cheers of more than 100 audience members.
Among the SEIR building’s features will be a “science on display” design with glass interior walls allowing students and visitors to view work going on in research spaces. The building itself would maintain a reduced carbon footprint, employing energy-efficient heating and cooling, water conservation and use of sustainable materials.
Mayor Jeff Williams called UTA “one of Arlington’s biggest economic engines, and now with increased research, more businesses will be coming here, and in addition to that, the stature of our community gets raised to a whole new level.”