Set to open this year, the Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC) at The University of Texas will transform engineering education through cross-disciplinary teaching and research. The modern facility will boast flexible classrooms, student project laboratories and new research space that will facilitate state-of-the-art teaching to bring together students, faculty, and researchers to redefine engineering education for the 21st century. Totaling over 400,000-square-feet, the open-concept facility will be the Cockrell School’s largest multidisciplinary building. The effect of which will increase enrollment by 1,000 students to more than 6,000, and increase the number of innovative engineering faculty members that will collaborate to solve society’s most critical engineering challenges.
Zero/Six was contacted directly by the OFPC to evaluate the exterior envelope during the design and construction phases of the project. In 2015, Zero/Six collaborated with Hensel Phelps to assemble the pieces in a BIM framework to coordinate shop drawings for the 432,671-square-feet facility. Numerous architectural and structural drawings multiplied the potential for discrepancies both before and after construction. By combining the envelope drawings and structural model into an intelligent 3D design, we were able to identify issues that would have been costly to remedy once the pieces came together on-site.
Client: The University of Texas System and Hensel Phelps
Associate Architect: Jacobs
Contractor: Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Location: Austin, Texas
Markets: Higher Education
Project Scale: 430,000 SF
Construction Cost: $310 million
Project Status: Fall 2017
Type of Construction: New Construction
Photo Credit: Jacobs/Ennead