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Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC)

Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC)


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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.

Additional Information

Client: The University of Texas System and Hensel Phelps

Architect: Ennead

Associate Architect: Jacobs

Contractor: Hensel Phelps Construction Co.

Location: Austin, Texas

Expertise:

  • Review of Construction Documents
  • BIM Coordination
  • Onsite QA/QC and Reporting
  • Performance Testing of the Architectural Mock-up
  • Commissioning of the Building Envelope, including
    • Air infiltration testing per ASTM E783
    • Static pressure of water infiltration testing per ASTM E1105
    • Diagnostic nozzle water testing per AAMA 501.2

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

2011-12-13_CDR Rendering Speedway
2012-09-18_CDR-SE-Exterior-Rendering
2012-05-07_CDR-Roof-Terrace-Rendering2
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