UT Approves Construction of $172 Million Robert B. Rowling Hall
- May 16, 2014
The construction plans for Robert B. Rowling Hall have been approved by The University of Texas Board of Regents. The development will house the McCombs School of Business Texas MBA and Texas MSTC programs. It will also double the available space for Texas Executive Education Programs and increase the university’s convention and conference activities.
“Teaching and learning in Rowling Hall will match the diversity and resourcefulness of today’s most progressive organizations,” says Thomas Gilligan, dean of the McCombs School. “Our graduates move into leadership roles within innovative workforces around the world, and our entire program, from faculty to curriculum and facilities, prepares them for that environment.”
The 458,000-square-foot building will be located on the corner of Guadalupe Street and East MLK Jr. Blvd., across from the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2014 with finalization in early 2017. The estimated cost for the project is $172 million and $58.25 million was raised through philanthropic donations. The Rowling family donated $25 million.
“Rowling Hall will serve as a hub for graduate students to meet with peers, faculty, recruiters and members of the business community to openly exchange ideas, network and work in teams, just as they will in the business world,” Gilligan says. “Their education is an extension of their career, and they spend 60-plus hours a week at the school. Graduate students need team workrooms, technology tools and an environment that promotes professionalism, whether preparing for a crucial presentation or meeting a corporate recruiter.”
Ennead Architects designed the project, Jacobs is the Architect/Engineer of Record and DPR is the Construction Manager. The building concept presents the “flipped classrooms” ideal for a space intended to suit both lectures and team collaborations. Additionally, the Rowling Hall will increase the availability of on-campus parking.