Designed by Overland Partners Architects, the collaborative project is anticipated to pave the way for future campus buildings

AUSTIN, March 2013 – The College of Liberal Arts faculty and students finally have a place to call home. For almost 80 years, members of one of the largest colleges at the University of Texas at Austin were scattered across campus, but now thanks in large part to the design efforts of Overland Partners Architects, they have a brand new, $87 million and 212,000 square-foot building to call their own.

The College of Liberal Arts Building, located adjacent to the Student Activities Center, on the East Mall of campus, now deemed the new “heart of campus,” is a product of extensive collaboration between Overland Partners Architects of San Antonio, Texas and SpawGlass Construction. The cohesiveness and flexibility of this project has paved the way for the university’s new master plan of efficiently designing and constructing new buildings on campus in the future.

“Redefines the campus, a milestone,” University of Texas President, Bill Powers said when describing the success of the building. “One of the university’s most innovative building projects.”

The facility came in 15 percent under budget, delivered 12 percent over the project’s requirements and was completed a semester early. Additionally, the new building is anticipated to receive LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Buildings Council.

Located on the edge of Waller Creek, the building houses College of Liberal Arts undergraduates, Plan II and honors students, as well as members of the ROTC program. Using limestone and glass, Overland Partners incorporated a contemporary, contextual design with the historic fabric of the campus to create the newest landmark for the university.

Through coordination between the college and Overland Partners, they were able to design a highly flexible and efficient facility that allows collaboration among departments, students and faculty. Features of the building include smart classrooms, chilled beams which lead to a 48 percent energy reduction, green roofs, a terracotta rainscreen system and a sky wall connecting to the Student Activities Center.

“So much time and attention went into this project, and I think it’s absolutely fabulous,” Stacey Amorous, associate director of the Liberal Arts Honors program said. “We all felt like our requests were heard.”

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Overland Partners Architects, founded in 1987 in San Antonio, Texas, brings together a wide range of talents in architecture and planning in order to provide comprehensive design services. Sensitive to the environmental and aesthetic contexts of its projects, the firm strives for a thoughtful integration of technology, art, and craft through highly sustainable solutions. Overland Partners create beautiful, functional and enduring designs through a collaborative process that inspires long-term relationships. In addition to the College of Liberal Arts Building at the University of Texas, the firm recently finished the university’s new Student Activity Center. Overland has designed 12 projects for the University of Texas, including the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, winner of more than 10 regional and national design awards. Other higher education projects include new student housing at Baylor University in Waco, Texas; a new Academic Building at the University of North Texas at Dallas; a new Continuing Education Center at Rice University in Houston; and the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania.