Construction Detail - Quadrant I

Robert A. Welch Hall (WEL)

Welch Hall construction map

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Construction Dates: June 1, 2017 - January 31, 2020

Project Description: Robert A. Welch Hall, constructed in 1929 and expanded in 1961 and 1978, is comprised of approximately 439,500 GSF across six stories.

With this renovation, a state of the art facility will be created in order for College of Natural Sciences to support current research needs, provide for research expansion and improve space utilization, maintain and enhance existing undergraduate and graduate degree programs, retain existing faculty, and serve as a recruitment incentive.

Contact: If you have questions about this project, please contact Keith Westmoreland at 512-499-4427


Engineering Education Research Center (EERC)

Map showing construction of EERC

Construction Dates: Stage 2, Fall 2014 thru Fall 2017

Project Description: The Engineering Education & Research Center will provide approximately 432,800 gross square feet (GSF) of new construction of critically needed education and research space and 36,240 GSF of renovation space within Ernest Cockrell Jr. (ECJ) School of Engineering. The EERC’s new construction footprint will replace the functionally obsolete Engineering Science Building (ENS), and temporary buildings CSA and ACA. The EERC is central to achieving the Cockrell School of Engineering’s vision to become a global center for technology innovation, engineering education, and entrepreneurship. Through modular laboratories and integration of undergraduate education, interdisciplinary graduate research, and the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department, the EERC will bring a new paradigm for engineering education and research to UT.

Contact: If you have questions about EERC please contact the Project Manager Scott Naylor at 512.499.4732.


Speedway Mall and East Mall Phase 1

Project Description:

This project is one of the most significant and comprehensive steps in progressing two of the eight opportunities outlined in UT Austin’s 2012 Campus Master Plan. The opportunities or “Big Ideas” include revitalizing the core campus and facilitating safer and more efficient mobility.

Phase 1 will provide pedestrian traffic enhancements and landscape improvements for Speedway Avenue from the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art to just north of PAT. The project scope involves minor grade changes along the former roadway, utility upgrades, lighting and power improvements, food trailer utility connections, and landscape enhancements. The completed project will become a focal point of numerous campus activities and services which will enrich the experience of students, faculty, staff, and visitors. In addition, it will promote the survivability of the endangered mature oak trees that line Speedway. Phase 1 encompasses approximately 8.8 acres and will be divided into multiple construction “stages” to minimize the overall impact construction will have on day-to-day operations at UT Austin.

The East Mall from Inner Campus Drive to San Jacinto Boulevard, including the East Mall Fountain, is not included in Phase 1 but will be designed and constructed in the future once funding is identified. For more information on this project, see

Stages 1 and 2 from just south of PCL and JES to Inner Campus Drive began construction in October 2015 and are now complete. Areas of Stages 1 and 2 were returned to the University as they became available.

Starting on December 16th, 2016 the Speedway Mall project began work north of Inner Campus Drive on the east side of the street. The contractor plans to complete this area by the start of summer, 2017. The maps below shows alternate pedestrian routes in the area currently as well as those planned for future stages. This website will be updated at key intervals throughout the project.

Contact: If you have questions about the Speedway Mall project please contact OFPC Project Manager Mark Brooks at 512.499.4638.

Map detail showing Speedway Mall project Fall to Winter 2017 Map detail showing Speedway Mall project May - Fall 2017 to Jan 2018

Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin:

Project Description:

In January 2015, Ellsworth Kelly gifted to the Blanton the design concept for his most monumental work, a 2,715-square-foot stone building with luminous colored glass windows, a totemic wood sculpture, and fourteen black-and-white stone panels in marble. Titled Austin, honoring the artist’s tradition of naming particular works for the places for which they are destined, the structure is the first and only freestanding building the artist has designed, and will be his most lasting legacy. Envisioned by Kelly as a site for joy and contemplation, Austin will become a cornerstone of the Blanton’s permanent collection and will enrich the lives of visitors from around the world.

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Contact: For questions about the project, contact The Blanton Museum at (512) 694-6456.