Student Services Building

LEED Platinum Certified

The Student Services Building (SSB) is, first and foremost, a one-stop-shop for all student activities on campus. Admissions, Bursar, Student Affairs, Registration, Parking, Financial Aid and Services, as well as other student-oriented business units, are all housed in the SSB.  It is a building for the students, by the students, and just happens to be a fantastic example of sustainability and green design.

In the news :
Student Services Building Wins Accessibility Award
Building Reaps Multiple Sustainability Honors
UT Dallas Building Awarded Highest Green Status
One-Stop Shop: The Student Services Building

More about the Student Services Building

SSB Conference RoomIndividual conference rooms available to every business unit and organization; this significantly reduced the number of required conference rooms in the SSB.
SSB Day Light featureDaylighting is provided in 76% of all spaces and 93% of all occupied spaces have views to the outside.
SSB Green flush handleThe SSB has been designed with a grey water system. Rainwater harvesting reduces the amount of potable water used for irrigation and sewage.
SSB Louvres featureThe building’s most notable characteristic is a system of “floating” terra-cotta louvers on the building’s exterior.
SSB Light ScoopThe innovative light scoop provides daylight to the interior of the building, including offices, conference rooms, and the main stairwell.
SSB front porchA traditional Texas “front porch” is created by extending the structure and louvers over the building’s front entry creating a sheltered space  along the pedestrian mall.
SSB Solar HeaterA solar hot water system takes advantage of the Texas climate while increased envelope performance reduces loads.
SSB Rain water harvestingRainwater is collected from the SSB rooftop, filtered, then stored in two 20,000 gallon underground storage tanks.
SSB Dedication Plaque University officials and a Perkins+Will architect stand proudly before the building’s dedication plaque.
SSB Interior balconyAn interior balcony offers an alternative area to watch people and presentations occurring in the Student Services Building lobby.
SSB Dedication audienceThe Student Services Building was packed on the day it was dedicated. Speakers included members of Student Government, the vice president for Student Affairs and the University’s president.

Fun Facts

  • Project name: Student Services Building
  • Campus population: 20,834
  • Project completion date: July 2010
  • Total Project Cost:  $27,500,000
  • Budgeted Construction Cost:  $21,700,000
  • Actual Construction Cost: $20,633,723 ($1.1m below budget)
  • Size: 74,343 gsf

The Student Services Building, completed in 2010, has been certified by the United States Green Building Council as a LEED Platinum Building. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a designation that recognizes environmentally conservative or “green” design and construction features.


Project Goals and Accomplishments:

  • Design a building that was energy efficient especially during the long hot months in which Texas deals with temperatures in excess of 100+ degrees Fahrenheit and when it dips below freezing. The goal was to design a building that was at least 50% more energy efficient than the average of all buildings on campus
    • “Floating” terra-cotta louvers on the building’s exterior respond to the solar exposure in appropriate density.
    • The louver system demonstrates a unique energy efficient shading strategy providing protection from the harsh Texas sun while reducing radiant heat gain.
    • The building’s energy efficiency is designed to perform 41% over Ashrae 90.1, offering $60,000 annual electrical savings representing a 63% improvement over the average of all buildings on campus
  • Design a building that controlled light, solar heat gain and provided daylighting to the majority of the interior spaces.
    • The building maximizes Daylight Harvesting while providing 76% of all occupied spaces with natural daylight and 93% of all occupied spaces with views to the outside.
  • Design a building that practiced water conservation for a region that is notorious for experiencing long periods of drought
    • The design incorporates water conservation measures such as Automatic sensors in faucets, Dual flush toilets and low flow (1 pint) urinals.
    • There is an 86% water use reduction for domestic potable water and rain water harvesting for irrigation served by a two tank 40,000 gallon cistern. Sewage conveyance is in a primary 20,000 gallon tank supplemented by domestic water as needed.
    • Irrigation is in a secondary 20,000 gallon tank where no domestic water is used. Drought tolerant landscaping and indigenous planting is provided.
  • Approach space planning from the perspective of “doing more with less” and one that utilized space efficiently and created opportunities to share space without duplicating space that would sit unoccupied most of the day.
    • An innovative, functional and efficient new space planning protocol was achieved by reducing the number of individual offices in favor of open office planning with multi-use spaces, shared conference and meeting rooms accessible by all departments via public corridors.
    • The benefits of open office space and shared meeting spaces versus individual offices achieved a 73% assignable to non-assignable building space ratio.