- Project Name
- University of Texas at Dallas Engineering and Computer Science West Building
800 West Campbell Road
- The University of Texas at Dallas
- Project Types
- Project Scope
- New Construction
- 200,000 sq. feet
- Year Completed
- Shared by
Mark Kranz, FAIA, Design Principal
Randall Daniel, Project Designer
Kevin Glasscock, Project Manager
Eric Kirkland, MEP Engineering Lead
Kenda Draper, Interior Designer
Civil Engineer: Pacheco Koch Engineers,Structural Engineer: JQ Infrastructure,General Contractor: The Beck Group,Audio-visual and Information Technology: DataCom Design Group
- Certifications & Designations
- LEED Gold
- Project Status
With a meteoric trajectory of growth and a rapidly expanding mechanical engineer program in its infancy, the University of Texas at Dallas seized a rare opportunity: Create a next-generation research facility in concert with a next-generation engineering program. While most engineering buildings focus on either research, instruction or the student experience, the design of this one is a meaningful fusion of all three in a very deliberate, intentionally balanced way.
Responding to bold retention goals set by the University, interactive spaces abound in the new building. Undergrads can immerse themselves in research and hands-on learning—with unprecedented access to large project-based workspaces featuring sophisticated, commercial-grade equipment in unique and specialized instructional lab spaces. A highly-visible Freshman Design Center on the first floor advertises this approach to engagement with an active “maker space.” Beginning on day one, engineering students are making, inventing, building, testing—and staying.
The Engineering and Computer Science West Building is itself an engaging learning tool. Its expressive and performative design deliberately exposes systems and components to literally demonstrate big engineering ideas at work. All mechanical, electrical, plumbing and technology systems are color-coded to identify specific ductwork, piping and electrical systems. Carefully organized, the systems are completely exposed in certain areas and in others are visible through perforated ceilings thoughtfully lit with LEDs to highlight the components. Metering devices on mechanical systems gather and display performance data to building occupants—a feature that enables students to experiment on the building itself.
The new structure forms a gateway to the campus, sited to create a new path for traversing to campus and designed to be porous encouraging all students to funnel through its outdoor courtyard. Attuned to its North Texas environment, the new building uses several strategies to ensure its high-performance in its highly variable climate. The building’s orientation, efficient U-shape form and various shading elements leverage daylighting and heat gain intelligently. The courtyard is a breezeway to draw air into and up through a calibrated trellis, while the canopy shades the interior facades and ground. The effect creates a micro-climate of comfortable outdoor space extending its possible use as instructional space or even formal event space. The Engineering and Computer Science West Building is LEED Gold certified.
Highly aspirational from its inception, the Engineering and Computer West Building is the rousing success story that has already achieved UTD’s ambitious goals for research, recognition, recruitment and retention. It is a beacon for attracting top talent for research funding, partnerships with local industry, top students, faculty and administrators enabling the University to continue expanding its enterprise and propelling future generations of engineering research and discovery.