Feature Photo: The new San Pedro Creek extension weaves a path between San Pedro I (left) and the site where San Pedro II will be constructed (right). Image: UTSA
by Rebecca Lynn
San Antonio (Bexar County) — The University of Texas San Antonio continues to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to improving career opportunities for students and graduates.
The Board of Regents and Chancellor have allocated funds from previous bonds for a 180,000 square foot building in the downtown campus, for an overall project cost of $124,409,972, to be completed over the next three years.
The new Building Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Careers (IEC) Building project, which the UTSA system has named San Pedro II, will consist of a six-level building.
This space includes entrepreneurship and data libraries, meeting, classroom, and collaboration space, as well as 50,000 gross square feet for future expansion.
According to the UTSA press release, Overland|Gensler has been awarded the new building design process.
The design development approval is slated for May 2023 with construction to begin in July 2023 and a projected completion date of July 2025.
This new development will include community spaces for the public, indoor/outdoor connections, and multipurpose spaces to continue the revitalization of this area of downtown.
The UTSA downtown growth initiatives continue to provide space in the still-developing technology corridor for mentors and creative minds to connect and engage with entrepreneurs, students, and businesses.
“UTSA is laser-focused on preparing our students for their careers and bold futures. This expansion of our downtown footprint reflects our intentionality in situating our academic offerings and learning experiences in the heart of our city’s business community,” said UTSA Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Andrews Espy. “With this new building, we can expand career-focused internships, externships, other hands-on experiences and collaborative projects with our business partners.
Enrollment is predicted to more than double from 2021 to 2028, with a central focus on improving marketable skills in cybersecurity, data sciences, business and engineering.
VBX Project ID: 2022-7BD9