Zachry Engineering Education Complex February Updates
Progress continues with the Zachry Engineering Education Complex. Students, faculty and staff will be able to enjoy this new facility beginning with the start of the fall semester on Aug. 27, 2018. A formal building dedication is set for Friday, Sept. 7, so mark your calendar to save the date. Zachry building occupants will begin receiving moving related information in March. Here are some of the construction highlights:
Zachry Engineering Education Complex (ZACH)
Now that major construction is complete, interior finishes are in the works. Walls are being painted, fixtures are being installed, learning technology is being tested and landscaping is beginning. The interior of the ZACH is bright with lots of natural light, an energetic color palette and glass walls to inspire creativity.
Construction is underway on the E-Quad, a beautiful new green space joining the Zachry Engineering Education Complex, Wisenbaker Engineering Building, Dwight Look Engineering Building and Haynes Engineering Building.
Relocation of Concrete Lab
As part of the E-Quad project, the concrete lab between the Richardson Petroleum Engineering and Dwight Look Engineering buildings has been relocated to the CVE Lab Building, and the old lab building has been demolished to make way for the new green space. However, remnants of the old structure will live on as the ornate tiles from the building’s exterior will be incorporated into the new complex.
High Bay Lab Relocation
The high bay lab that connected the Wisenbaker Engineering Building and the Dwight Look Civil Engineering Building has been relocated to the RELLIS Campus as part of the new Center for Infrastructure Renewal (CIR). The CIR will open its doors this spring. Additionally, a high bay learning lab will also be available for students in the ZACH.
Wisenbaker Engineering Building (WEB) Construction
As part of the E-Quad project, the Wisenbaker Engineering Building is undergoing updates to its exterior. The main and rear entrances to WEB are temporarily closed. Access is available at both side entrances (north and south) of the building. Additionally, the alley between WEB and ZACH is also closed due to construction. Pedestrians should travel down Ross St. to access engineering buildings on Spence St.
Rendering by Coleman & Associates
Other Construction Notes
The crosswalks located near the ZACH (University Dr. and Spence St., and University Dr. and Bizzell St.) have been temporarily closed due to construction. Pedestrians can cross University Drive at the crosswalks closest to the Jack E. Brown Building or Emerging Technologies Building.
Did you know:
- The Zachry Engineering Education Complex will be the largest academic building on campus with 525,000 square feet.
- The ZACH will feature a collection of commissioned art based upon engineering and science, including digital, kinetic and sculptural mediums.
- The Engineering Innovation Center (EIC) is expanding when it relocates to the ZACH this fall. It will become the SuSu and Mark ’72 Fischer Engineering Design Center and offer students more space and equipment to create and invent.
- The first donation to the ZACH was from students. The Students Engineers Council donated $1 million from the proceeds of its annual career fair as a means of giving back to the university and future engineering students.