AUGUST 4, 2022 — Construction of San Pedro I is now complete and preparations are underway to outfit the building for use by January 2023.
The $91.8 million, 167,000-square-foot, six-story structure on 506 Dolorosa St. sits along San Pedro Creek east of UTSA’s Downtown Campus, anchoring UTSA to San Antonio’s downtown core. The building is the first of several planned for UTSA’s downtown expansion, serving as a catalyst for economic and community investment in the San Pedro Creek area.
The building will house the new School of Data Science with programs in artificial intelligence, computer science, data analytics and statistics, as well as at least 16 UTSA research centers, institutes and college-level labs, including the MATRIX AI Consortium for Human Well-being and the Open Cloud Institute. Other labs will enable research and teaching in bioinformatics, cyber-informed engineering, data engineering, IoT, robotics, smart transportation and more.
San Pedro I is a 167,000-square-foot, six-story structure on 506 Dolorosa St., which sits along San Pedro Creek east of UTSA’s Downtown Campus.
The entire data science community will also benefit by working closely with the National Security Collaboration Center.
“The completion of construction at San Pedro I is a critical milestone as it affirms UTSA’s commitment to expand its downtown footprint, while connecting students from the new School of Data Science and the National Security Collaboration Center with industry partners to grow our workforce and develop solutions for society’s grand challenges,” UTSA President Taylor Eighmy said. “I continue to be immensely grateful for the generous support from Graham Weston and our Board of Regents as well as our partners at Bexar County and the City of San Antonio as they help us build a university of the future in the city of the future.”
San Pedro I has 84,500 square feet of classroom, laboratory and research space for the more than 400 data science students who are projected to take classes there starting in spring 2023. UTSA’s 30 core faculty members in science, engineering, technology, business, math, health, social sciences, and humanities will be located there, enabling more frequent collaborations with government, industry and community partners in the heart of San Antonio.
Overseeing the design and construction was the team consisting of firms Whiting-Turner, Jacobs and Overland Partners—which participated in a comprehensive, competitive process to secure the contract.
“Every step of the design and construction process was an intentional collaboration between construction partners in actualizing the UTSA vision,” said UTSA Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President for Business Affairs Veronica Salazar. “Together, we have created a space that will bring new connections and innovation to the San Antonio tech corridor by allowing for expanded industry partnerships co-located among UTSA’s talented students, faculty and staff.”
Although building construction is complete, work continues to add state of the art features that will set the building apart. This fall, construction will begin on the ground-floor café, furniture will be moved in and landscaping will be completed in anticipation of the building opening for the spring 2023 semester.
San Pedro I, which will be accessible to the community, will also feature a large, multipurpose, public event space for workshops and conferences. An amphitheater staircase will serve as a gathering point to encourage community and collaboration. Additionally, a dedicated, ground-floor space will offer opportunities to showcase research and provide curated community partnerships and engagement.
Come celebrate the doctoral students graduating this commencement season.H-E-B Student Union Ballrooms, UTSA Main Campus
Celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates of the College for Health, Community and Policy, College of Liberal and Fine Arts and College of Sciences.Alamodome, 100 Montana St, San Antonio, TX 78203
Celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates of the Carlos Alvarez College of Business, College of Education and Human Development, Margie and Bill Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design and University College.Alamodome, 100 Montana St, San Antonio, TX 78203
First Friday Stargazing gives anyone free access to the night sky using university telescopes and teaching equipment. Weather permitting, experienced astronomers will provide a handful of telescopes of varying designs, give training on how each operates, and point to various astronomical objects that may appear in the sky for that given time of the year. If you have a telescope and do not know how to operate it, feel free to bring it and get instructions on its use.4th Floor of Flawn Science Building, Main Campus
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