• ©Jeff Goldberg/Esto
  • ©Jeff Goldberg/Esto
  • Ennead Architects
  • ©Jeff Goldberg/Esto
  • ©Jeff Goldberg/Esto

Engineering and Education Research Center

The University of Texas at Austin

This new engineering and research center is designed with the intent of becoming a global center for technology innovation, engineering education, and entrepreneurship. Two towers are the home to teaching and research laboratories with office space for both staff and student government. At the base of the towers is an atrium that provides a central hub for the auditorium, library, café, classrooms and meeting facilities. Pipe mount theatrical lighting located along the perimeter edges of the atrium provides ambient illumination and focused accent lighting for special events. Atrium skylights provide views up in to the towers and interconnecting bridges where indirect lighting is located to illuminate adjacent ceilings as well featured wood surfaces. Two different lighting schemes were developed for adapting to research vs. teaching laboratories where coordination with audiovisual systems was required. Lab lighting controls vary from dual-level, to dimmed, to programmed control depending on space use and visibility from the atrium. A low voltage lighting control system provides programmed and daylight harvesting control throughout the building.

Blending campus standard requirements with this highly designed architectural environment required continual coordination and interface between the design team and campus facilities. Revit was used to document the project.