This facility was designed to replace the original science building built in 1930, which evolved through additions in 1957 and 1975. Dramatic growth coupled with the limited nature of the renovations rendered the building increasingly inadequate. The school found it difficult to recruit and retain quality faculty and students necessary to make the university’s science COST PER SQ FT$158.17FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio productive.
The planetarium was designed as a public space to provide a learning environment to the local community and neighboring school districts. There are only three other planetariums of its kind in Texas. It seats an audience of 65.
This science and research facility includes 34 science labs; three computer labs; 10 lecture halls; a planetarium; three research labs; 44 faculty and graduate assistant offices; two department suites; and a dean’s suite. Special attention was paid to wheelchair accessibility; the building has more than 40 wheelchair workstations. Network connections are provided throughout the building. The structure is a four-story concrete frame with face-brick exterior walls.