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Groundbreaking for Engineering Building March 24

Photo courtesy of Travis Woodward

Photo courtesy of Travis Woodward

Travis Woodward, UTPB Director of Communication and Special Projects

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin will conduct a groundbreaking ceremony for the new engineering building on Friday, March 24 at 11 am. in the lobby of the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Building (due to predictions of rain and possible 50-mph gusts of wind, according to CBS-7).

The engineering building was included in House Bill 100, approved by the Texas  Governor Greg Abbott in 2015. The Project was added to the Board of Regent’s Capital Improvement Program in August 2015 and is funded from $48 million in Tuition Revenue Bonds and $4 million in Permanent University Funds for a Total Project Cost of $52 million.

Designed by Stantec Architecture of Plano and by JSA Architects of Odessa, the engineering building contains 105,000 gross square feet and will be three-stories in height.

The first two floors of the new building will house six classrooms, a 100 seat lecture hall, 22 faculty offices, a dean’s suite, and instructional labs for the Mechanical, Petroleum and Aerospace Engineering programs, as well as research labs for faculty and graduate research.

The third floor of the building awaits the expansion of future engineering disciplines such as Chemical and or Electrical Engineering. The building’s flexible design can accommodate different classroom settings and includes conference areas and several student spaces distributed throughout the building to encourage student and faculty collaboration.

Other amenities include a small food prep area, computer resource room, a visualization lab and lab support spaces. The contractor for the project will be Adolfson & Peterson Construction. Construction is expected to begin in late April and is projected to conclude in April 2019. The new engineering building will be ready for occupancy for the Fall Semester 2019. “Engineering is a critically important program to the mission of UTPB,” said David Watts, president of UTPB. “The construction of the engineering building emphasizes our commitment to excellence and student success as we continue to serve our community.”

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