New Campus Buildings Enhance Learning Opportunities
Students, faculty and staff were welcomed to two stunning new buildings on the hilltop this fall. The Munday Library and John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center–South both provide students with access to 21st century learning and teaching opportunities.
The Munday Library was integrated with the Scarborough-Phillips Library structure. The completed 53,198-square-foot facility nearly doubled the library’s original size and incorporates state-of-the-art technology and best-practice design.
The library has four global digital classrooms that provide HD-quality video conferencing between Austin and the university’s partner institutions around the world. Additional space enabled the existing Writing Center and Media Center to move to a central location in the library to help students hone their communication skills. An expanded digital literature collection provides on-campus and distance access to the latest scholarly research in e-book format.
David Alegria ’14 said the first time he walked into the library he was “amazed by how big it was.” The addition of more study rooms has been particularly helpful. “Now I don’t have to rush anymore to get a reservation for the study rooms, and I have more space to concentrate on my work,” he says.
John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences
The John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center–South now houses the Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics and general science education programs and completes the university’s natural sciences complex. The center provides opportunities for all students to increase mathematic and scientific literacy, while supporting collaboration across disciplines.
The facility has 13 classrooms, advanced computer and math labs, and a 126-seat auditorium. It offers new research opportunities for projects in areas such as robotics, environmental science, forensics and medicine. President George E. Martin said the new science building “opens up enormous possibilities for learning and for collaborative research.”