The University of Texas at Arlington broke ground for its new Science and Engineering Innovation and Research building Thursday.
The 220,000-square-foot building will use a research lab neighborhoods design to foster more collaboration between disciplines, according to the university.
The university will utilize the space to further its research on areas ranging from data analytics and neuroscience to chronic illness and aging.
There will be larger classrooms and a laboratory wing with glass interior walls that allow visitors to observe research as it happens.
“We’re going to have a number of investigators in one area, on one floor, attacking a problem — disease, an abnormality — whatever it might be,” said Paul Fadel, UTA associate dean of research for the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, in a release. “What that means is we can take it from the whole human body, physiology, down to the cellular and molecular level, and I think that is really going to advance our research capabilities in quite a distinct way from other places.”
The new space is expected to open in 2018.
Here are some of the building’s features, according to the university:
- 220,000-square-foot building adding 900 teaching seats to accommodate growth in the College of Engineering, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and College of Science.
- Building features four-story wing with basement level for laboratory use and two-story, instructional classroom wing.
- Innovative science-on-display design includes glass interior walls allowing students and visitors to view collaborative work performed in research spaces.
- Dedicated lab facilities built with vibration-resistant structure to house highly sensitive research equipment.
- Designed and built using sustainable practices, with high energy efficiency heating and cooling systems, water conservation practices, and sustainable materials for flooring and interior finishes.
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