Digital advancement and leadership define the Gates Dell Complex
The Department of Computer Science at The University of Texas at Austin was scattered around the renowned campus which limited peer and faculty collaboration and jeopardized the school’s legacy of creating new scientific inquiry and technology. Bringing people and ideas of all departments together under one roof with flexible state of the art facilities transforms one of the nation’s leading academic programs into an innovative twenty-first century interdisciplinary environment.
“The way the architects designed the buildings allows a lot of space for research labs and collaborative areas, including abilities for interdisciplinary work. The building will enable us to be together like a community on campus, with increased collaboration and synergies.” — Nancy Hatchett, Assistant Director, Computer Science Department
Designing a new interdisciplinary culture
This state-of-the-art computer science complex consists of two buildings: the Dell Computer Science Hall and a wing to the south, connected by a central atrium for studying and social gatherings. The complex brings together all programs, faculty, and students for the first time in the Computer Science Department’s history and furthers the school’s mission of collaboration.
A new era of research in computer education
The interdisciplinary mission of the new complex encourages the sharing of ideas and brings together faculty and students with an interest to push the boundaries of technology. Research clusters with glassed-in laboratories are integrated into the design of the complex to support this transformational agenda.
More About the Project
- Fred W. Clarke, FAIA, RIBA, JIA ↗
- William E. Butler, AIA, LEED AP ↗
- Rustam Mehta
- Tung-Sheng Wu
- Architect of Record: STG Design
- Structural Engineering: Datum Gojer Engineers, LLC
- MEP: HMG & Associates Inc.
- Location: Austin, Texas, USA
- Client: The University of Texas at Austin
- Size: 233,600 sq. ft. / 21,702 sq. m.
- Completion: 2013
- Certification: LEED Silver
- Firm Role: Design Architect
- Principal Project Photography: Jeff Goldberg/ESTO