The University of Texas System Board of Regents in the US has approved two building projects for UT Dallas and the next phase of campus landscape enhancement.
The projects are part of the university’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and the approval allows it to construct a $33m extension of the Center for BrainHealth, which will be known as the Brain Performance Institute.
Upon completion, the new 67,500ft² facility will house the Institute’s national headquarters.
The approval also includes a $20m expansion and renovation project for the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at the UT Dallas main campus in Richardson.
The expansion of the Callier Center will include the addition of 63,200ft² of space and 14,000ft² of renovation to the existing building for research in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
UT Dallas president David Daniel said the building projects will allow the university to extend its research and training capabilities in brain sciences and audiology.
"Phase two of the landscape project will tie together both ends of campus and further enhance the educational experience for our students," Daniel said.
Architect Peter Walker will be responsible for the campus landscape upgrades while his firm PWP Landscape Architecture will enhance the area north of the original mall project, from the plaza to the administration building.
The $15m enhancement will feature main pedestrian walkways and corridors on campus, the outdoor space between the founders and university theatre buildings, as well as other areas on campus.
UT Dallas vice president for administration Calvin Jamison said the north mall enhancement will provide a destination area, where students, staff and faculty will be able to gather in the additional green space.
The building projects are anticipated to be finished in the next 18 to 24 months while the entire landscape project addition is expected be complete in 2015.
Image: The Center for BrainHealth will receive an extension that will be known as the Brain Performance Institute. Photo: The University of Texas at Dallas.