Classes began today at UNT at Frisco’s newly opened, $100 million Frisco Landing building, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week.
The 135,000-square-foot Frisco Landing will be home to many of the 2,500-plus students enrolled at UNT at Frisco, which offers 27 undergraduate and master’s level programs. It’s the first permanent building to be built on the UNT at Frisco campus, located on 100 acres of land at the southwest corner of Preston Road and Panther Creek Parkway. The land was donated by the city of Frisco at no cost to strengthen its partnership with the Denton-based University of North Texas System.
Designed by Baltimore-based Ayers Sant Gross
Construction began on Frisco Landing in fall 2020. The building was designed by Baltimore-based Ayers Sant Gross, which specializes in university design. The firm also designed a 172,000-square-foot building at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth.
UNT has offered classes in Frisco since 2016, with students studying at locations including Hall Park and Inspire Park.
A collaborative campus with 69 ‘huddle rooms,’ interactive classrooms, and more
UNT’s four-story Frisco Landing building was designed as a space where students can collaborate in every direction. It features 69 “huddle rooms” that allow for small to medium-sized groups to meet up, along with interactive classrooms that emphasize participation by all. A balcony lines the building’s west side.
The new campus will focus on achieving the university’s goal of work-ready graduates and the city of Frisco’s goal of having a university that can help it attract new corporations and businesses to the city.
“Planting a flag in Frisco”
Michael R. Williams, chancellor of the UNT System, sees the UNT at Frisco campus as a big part of the system’s future.
“The UNT System is planting a flag in Frisco,” Williams said at the ribbon-cutting last week. “A flag that makes a promise to deliver an excellent education that is accessible, affordable, and transformative.”
More than 20 buildings planned for UNT at Frisco over the next 25 to 30 years
The master plan for UNT at Frisco (above) includes more than 20 buildings that could be constructed on the 100-acre location over the next 25 to 30 years. The plan was approved in August 2019 by the UNT System Board of Regents.
“We ultimately want to grow the Frisco campus to 25,000 students,” Wesley Randall, dean of UNT’s New College at Frisco, told the North Texas Daily. “From a UNT perspective, we continue to grow, so Frisco gives us an opportunity to keep expanding.”
Leveraging connections with corporate neighbors—including the Cowboys and the PGA
UNT at Frisco has some powerful—and glamorous—neighbors in the vicinity, including numerous large corporations. The school already hosts classes with partners including the Dallas Cowboys, who are headquartered at The Star in Frisco, and the PGA of America, which recently opened its new headquarters in Frisco.
“From our perspective, us being in Frisco gives us a really good insight and partnership with the firms that really represent the North Texas economy and the future of North Texas,” Randall told the North Texas Daily. “You’ve got a city that’s trying to attract new businesses with big offices and great paying jobs.”
Programs offered exclusively at UNT at Frisco include Project Design and Analysis—an immersive program that enables students to put their skills into practice on real-world projects with industry partners—as well as Industrial Distribution and Applied Project Design and Analysis.
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