University of Texas |Cockrell School of Engineering
Ballinger developed a strategic master plan for the Cockrell School of Engineering that involved both the engineering precinct on the main campus in downtown Austin and the Pickle Research Campus located nine miles to the north.
The planning process included a review of existing conditions, site analysis, needs assessment/programming, options development, and an implementation/phasing plan that identifies the renovation, expansion and new construction necessary to enable the School of Engineering to adhere to their mission and achieve their strategic goals. Since the need for new interdisciplinary research facilities is quite extensive, the plan creates an opportunity to use the new construction to redefine their existing campus, create stronger connections to the core campus and natural site elements, define open spaces, and create a new identity and sense of community for the School of Engineering. The ultimate goal of the master plan is to set a new standard for translating campus needs into long-term capital project options. As a result of the planning effort, Ballinger provided formation for the first building – a 421,000 SF new engineering building.