One-Stop Shop: The Student Services Building

Oct. 20, 2010

Student Services Building

The Student Services Building borders the mall immediately south of the Student Union.

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The Student Services Building is a one-stop center that houses many of the primary departments that students need to do business during the course of their relationship with UT Dallas.

The four-story building also includes large common areas, enabling current and prospective students to meet with advisers and staff members and to work with one another in informal settings.

SSB has a limestone façade that appears to float from various vantage points within.  The architect designed the facility as a LEED Platinum Building, which means it’s been developed with the highest level of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification that a building can achieve. 

Most importantly, the building was largely a student-driven initiative. 

“From the beginning, our students worked closely with President Daniel, me and other administrators, and eventually approved a referendum to add a $71 fee to their own tuition that would make their dream a reality,” said Darrelene Rachavong, vice president for Student Affairs.  “In doing so, they ushered a proposal that could have taken years to develop to reality in just a few years.”


Media Contact: Jenni Huffenberger, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2244, jennib@utdallas.edu
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu
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view toward sky from Student Services building sidewalk

The artfully designed façade makes the building appear to float when viewed from various vantage points.

Student Services building sidewalk

The building is designed to be certified as LEED Platinum, the highest energy- savings rating available.

 

SSB at a Glance

Budget:  $27.5 million

Construction: began April 2009, completed summer 2010, occupied fall 2010

Space: Four levels; 74,000 gross square feet

Architect:  Busby, Perkins and Will

Contractor:  Hill & Wilkinson

Offices (partial list): 

  • The Bursar’s Office and Financial Aid
  • The Career Center
  • The Dean of Students
  • Enrollment Services and the Registrar
  • The Health and Counseling Centers
  • International Student Services
  • The Multicultural and Women’s Centers
  • Residential Life and Housing Operations

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