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Dell Medical School

Though a hot topic throughout the community, UT’s new medical school isn’t the only construction zone on campus. Cranes and scaffolds dot the Forty Acres, with brand-new buildings on the way for Engineering and Business. Meanwhile, an 86-year-old Natural Sciences building is undergoing extensive renovations to enhance learning and the student research experience. Each project showcases Longhorn-style innovation, community, and discovery. Each also counts on the loyal support of alumni and friends.

First, the biggest. As Dell Medical School prepares to welcome its inaugural class of 50 students in July, three complementary structures are simultaneously taking shape along Red River Street:

  • An education and administration building, where students will take classes and collaborate with peers and faculty members;
  • A research building, where faculty members and students from the medical school and other UT colleges and schools will conduct pioneering research using advanced labs and imaging equipment; and
  • The adjoining Center for Health Services, which will transform the patient experience and introduce new models of care and medical innovations.

Want to get in on the action before the students arrive? Naming opportunities are available for all three of the Dell Medical School buildings and for key outdoor spaces and artwork. Contact Rob Heil at 512-495-5009 for more information.


The EERC will create an open and collaborative environment on campus.

Work is also quickly advancing on the Cockrell School of Engineering’s Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC), which broke ground adjacent to the engineering complex in February. When the EERC opens in 2017, it will further the Cockrell School’s commitment to project-based learning and will transform engineering education at UT through cross-disciplinary teaching and research. The facility will feature modern classrooms, student project centers, sophisticated teaching and research labs, and open, collaborative spaces where students can study, socialize, and share ideas.

More than 600 alumni, company partners, and friends of UT have made gifts and pledges totaling approximately $70 million to make this facility possible. The Cockrell School continues to seek support for the EERC and the hands-on student activities it will house. There are multiple naming opportunities available. Contact John Halton at 512-471-2120 to learn more.

Rowling Hall

Rowling Hall will be located at the corner of MLK and Guadalupe.

Also due for completion in 2017, Robert B. Rowling Hall is under construction at the southwest corner of campus to house the McCombs School of Business’ Texas MBA and Texas Master of Science and Technology Commercialization programs.

Providing an iconic new UT gateway, the building will double the space for Texas Executive Education programs, and, in conjunction with the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center next door, will enhance the university’s convention and conference capabilities.

The building’s projected cost is $186 million, of which about $60 million has been raised through corporate and individual gifts. Robert Rowling, BBA ’76, his wife Terry Hennersdorf Rowling, BBA ’76, and their family gave the initial gift of $25 million. Other space-naming opportunities are available. Contact Dianne Bangle at 512-475-8177.

Welch Hall

Welch Hall will undergo renovations to modernize this university landmark.

One of UT’s largest academic buildings, Robert A. Welch Hall is a place many Texas Exes remember well, hosting an average of 10,000 students daily for classes, seminars, and laboratories in the center of campus. Welch Hall is home to the highly ranked Chemistry Department, whose faculty members conduct front-line research and help solve real-world issues.

Just as Welch was built in three phases — in 1929, 1959, and 1978 — its aging infrastructure will also be renovated in phases. The first, updating the 1929 wing, began this past summer and includes new classrooms, modern research and teaching areas, dedicated labs for the popular Freshman Research Initiative, and modernization of the mechanical systems.

The Texas Legislature approved $75 million in construction bonds toward the estimated $125 million it will cost to enhance and modernize the building. Donations of all sizes, including space-naming gifts, are welcome to help make up the remainder. Contact Kelsey Evans at 512-471-6151.



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