University Marks Campus Growth in Twin Ceremonies

A crowd gathered at UT Dallas on Wednesday to celebrate two more milestones in campus growth: the official start of construction on the new Arts and Technology building and the successful opening of the Visitor Center and University Bookstore.

Dennis Kratz, dean of the school of Arts and Humanities, described the future ATEC Building as a structure “dedicated to the marriage of the creative arts with advanced technology.”

Student Government President Brittany Sharkey Andrews said she has already enjoyed using the new Visitor Center.

Off-campus guests, including local elected officials, joined faculty, staff and students at the 9 a.m. groundbreaking ceremony for the Arts and Technology (ATEC) building.

Construction of the 155,000-squre-foot facility is scheduled for completion in 2013.

After the ceremonial dirt was turned, the group made its way to the Visitor Center and University Bookstore (VCB) for a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 33,000-square-foot building was brought online in eight months under a “fast-track” construction program.

Dr. Calvin Jamison, senior vice president for business affairs and master of ceremonies at both locations, praised the “remarkable collaboration” that produced the ATEC building design, and said the VCB would answer many needs for more space on campus.

Dr. Tom Linehan discusses plans for the new ATEC building.

The event was capped with a casual reception in the VCB Atrium, where the Coffee Shop treated guests to samples.