NEW HAVEN, Conn. (March 12, 2013) — A state-of-the-art computing center by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall, opened Wednesday at the University of Texas at Austin with a talk by Bill Gates. Known as GDC, the 232,000-square-foot complex brings together all programs, faculty, and students of the university’s top-10 ranked Computer Science Department for the first time.
The complex comprises two buildings connected by a large glass atrium; Dell Computer Science Hall is the north building. Materials such as cast limestone and Texas brick recall UT’s Spanish Mediterranean-style architecture, while the use of glass adds a contemporary spirit. The bustling atrium is the social center of the complex with wide bridges crossing the space that includes inviting study lounges with links to outdoor terraces. Artwork was selected for the project as part of UT’s public art program.
“The open design and spectacular light and architectural features of the Gates Dell Complex create an inspiring environment for computer science researchers, faculty, students and staff,“ stated Pat Clubb, Vice President for University Operations. “A building that engages the academic community to this degree can only be achieved with a world-class architect. Pelli Clarke Pelli’s contemporary vision for this building and the architectural dialogue it creates is perfectly complemented by Sol LeWitt’s Circle with Towers which the university erected in front of the new complex.”
The complex contains nearly 24,000 square feet of instructional space and 20,000 square feet for research. Ten research clusters each have glass-walled laboratories surrounded by offices and discussion areas to share the excitement of research with students. The department is known for its work in cybersecurity, computer systems, artificial intelligence and robotics.
GDC is the second UT Austin building by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, which also designed the 1996 campus master plan. The firm has designed buildings and campuses for more than 40 higher education clients. STG Design is the executive architect for GDC.