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Sombrilla Plaza repair project to replace skylights by late August

Sombrilla Plaza

Sombrilla Plaza at UTSA Main Campus during BestFest

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(May 24, 2010)--Sombrilla Plaza on the UTSA Main Campus will be under repair through the summer with completion by Aug. 27 -- just in time for fall classes.

All of the 315 skylight domes over the plaza will be replaced, along with frames and gutters. Workers also will power-wash vertical and horizontal surfaces, columns, walls, the fountain and floor tiles, and concrete will be pebble-finished. Additionally, selected deteriorated wood shade panels will be replaced.

UTSA began Phase A, the replacement and refurbishment of 108 skylight domes, in summer 2008. During the process, it was discovered that the original domes could not be reused as planned, thus the original budget replaced only a small portion of them. The work this summer will complete the project.

The original skylights were part of the initial core of buildings at UTSA. The demolished existing skylight system will be recycled and will not contribute to a landfill.

For more information, contact UTSA Facilities Work Control at 210-458-4262.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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