X

Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.

AUSTIN-A building to house laboratories for biological sciences is set for the University of Texas at Austin campus. Just days ago, the University of Texas System Board of Regents approved the 165,000-sf building, putting it on track for a March 2002 groundbreaking. It should be ready in late 2004.

It won’t come soon enough for Peter Riley, associate dean for research and facilities in the UT College of Natural Sciences. He tells GlobeSt.com that researchers have been working in the Experimental Sciences Building, built in the mid-20th century, and are in desperate need of modern facilities.”Without it, a lot of our laboratories would have to shut down,” Riley says. “You just can’t keep going.”

It also will help the school bring and keep researchers. “The new building is a very powerful recruiting tool both for faculty and students,” Riley says.

The new building, which, so far, is saddled with the ungainly name of Biological Sciences/Wet Lab Building, which will have 42 laboratories for biological research. Two of its five stories, however, will not be occupied because the university can’t afford to build out labs on those floors, Riley says.

The project’s cost is $52 million, with $38 million of that dedicated for construction. Vaughn Construction, based in Houston, is the primary contractor. The Houston-based firm Watkins, Hamilton Ross is the architect in association with Overland Partners, based in San Antonio.

The university had planned to renovate the Experimental Sciences Building, but its infrastructure couldn’t accommodate the extensive air handling systems required for wet labs, Riley says. “It would have cost more to renovate than build a new building,” he says. The new building will have three air-handling systems.

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free ALM Digital Reader.

Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Unlimited access to GlobeSt and other free ALM publications
  • Access to 15 years of GlobeSt archives
  • Your choice of GlobeSt digital newsletters and over 70 others from popular sister publications
  • 3 free articles* across the ALM subscription network every 30 days
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM events and publications

*May exclude premium content
Already have an account?

GlobeSt

Join GlobeSt

Don't miss crucial news and insights you need to make informed commercial real estate decisions. Join GlobeSt.com now!

  • Free unlimited access to GlobeSt.com's trusted and independent team of experts who provide commercial real estate owners, investors, developers, brokers and finance professionals with comprehensive coverage, analysis and best practices necessary to innovate and build business.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and GlobeSt events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join GlobeSt

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.