Regents OK New Residence Hall and Jindal School Expansion
Projects to Add Housing for 600 Students and 108,000 Square Feet to Management School
Nov. 27, 2012
The new Student Housing Living Learning Center will provide living quarters for 600 students as well as recreational facilities and dining services in the same complex.
The UT System Board of Regents has given final approval for the design and funding of two major UT Dallas construction projects: a 108,000-square-foot addition to the Naveen Jindal School of Management (JSOM) and a 600-bed Student Housing Living Learning Center.
The regents gave the go-ahead for the projects, together valued at $100 million, during their Nov. 15 meeting. The University’s enrollment has grown 30 percent over the last five years, from 14,500 in 2007 to nearly 20,000 this fall.
“We are very grateful for the support of The University of Texas Board of Regents for these two much-needed facilities for UT Dallas,” said Dr. David E. Daniel, president of The University of Texas at Dallas.
“The Jindal School of Management has achieved top-tier status and is attracting record numbers of students. The addition to the Jindal School will allow us to recruit more faculty, conduct more research, educate more students, and provide the type of classroom and learning support space that a forward-looking, innovative business school needs,” he said.
The Naveen Jindal School of Management will gain 108,000 square feet with the new addition.
The new residential space that the regents authorized will enable UT Dallas to continue to expand its undergraduate enrollment and to attract and educate highly qualified students, Daniel said. The new residence hall will be UT Dallas’ largest, and also its most complete in terms of dining facilities, learning space, and opportunities for extracurricular activities.
“Taken collectively, these facilities represent a significant step forward for the University as it continues on its quest to become a major, nationally competitive, top-tier research university,” Daniel said.
Construction will begin on both projects in spring 2013 and is expected to be completed by fall 2014, said Dr. Calvin Jamison, vice president for administration.
“These major projects support our strategic plan for continued growth,” Jamison said.
The $25 million addition to the School of Management will include classrooms, seminar rooms, classroom laboratories, student support space and offices. The project will also provide space for a trading lab, economics lab, career center, media center, interview rooms and an expanded Executive Education center. A two-story common area fronting a new courtyard will provide space for individual and group study, casual collaboration, and café service.
The School of Management is the University’s largest school and a leading management research institution. The success of its Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship helped create the need for the addition.
The new $75 million Phase IV Residence Hall project will combine residential and student learning spaces, recreational facilities and dining services in one shared complex. The 339,000-square-foot facility will be larger than the existing Residence Halls, and will include classrooms, student success centers, and offices to support living learning communities.
The center’s dining facility will provide meal plan dining for 800 students as well as retail food purchase options and a campus store. A recreation area above the dining hall will accommodate two full-size convertible basketball courts, a fitness/cardio area, dance/exercise studio, lockers and staff offices.
The facility will support the University’s Strategic Plan for growth, which includes adding 5,000 full-time equivalent students by 2017, for a total student population of 21,000. The regents gave preliminary approval for the residence/dining hall in November 2011 as part of the UT System Capital Improvement Program.
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