Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building,
UTSA 1604 Campus
UTSA's BSE Building receives design award
By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs
(Feb. 16, 2007)--UTSA recently received an Education Design Showcase 2006 award for the Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE) Building at the 1604 Campus.
Completed in December 2005, the 220,000-square-foot facility was designed by FKP Architects of Houston. At a project cost of $84 million, the building design was driven by the need for interaction among researchers and graduate students, collaborative meeting spaces for researchers and leading-edge technologies.
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The BSE Building is the first of two buildings that will form a gateway to the university from the south. The five-story building houses offices for deans, faculty and graduate students and research and teaching laboratories for life sciences, chemistry, electrical engineering, and civil and environmental engineering.
The building's laboratory environment is in keeping with UTSA's vision to become a model, comprehensive research university that promotes linkages with San Antonio and South Texas and places students and faculty at the forefront of local and regional economic development.
The design vision resulted in a building with core spaces used for secured laboratories, while featuring open and inviting public spaces with an atrium lobby, a café, and displays and art that promote the science and engineering disciplines.
Education Design Showcase is an interactive online database for administrators, architects, facility planners and others involved in the planning, design and construction of education facilities nationwide. The site shares innovative, practical solutions in planning, design and construction including details on project size, cost, location, funding method, delivery method, sustainability, development team and more.
Each featured project includes a description with unique features, special challenges and solutions, and how educational needs were met through the building design. The award-winning projects were evaluated by a jury of administrators, architects and facility planners for excellence in design and functional planning to meet education program needs.