East Campus Development
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley – Brownsville

Muñoz & Company has led the design of a three building development plan for the new East Campus of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (formerly UT Brownsville/Texas Southmost College).

The East Library
The center piece of the East Campus Development, the library is a state of the art learning resource center housed in a historically referenced Spanish Classical architecture. The focal point of the new campus gateway, the building’s three-story form and two-story mural symbolized place, history and generational learning. A contact zone for community and students the building blends efficient library design and progressive delivery of student services such as 24 hour computer laboratories and an internet café.

Large Multipurpose Classroom Building
Designed as interdisciplinary teaching space the large classroom building provides flexible environments for both core curriculum and emerging programs. Various sizes of lecture halls, seminar rooms and classrooms were designed to strategically enhance the cross disciplinary foundation of the building’s mission.

Small Multipurpose Classroom Building
A flexible classroom building plan was designed around a significant interactive lobby space programmed to foster campus conversation in much the same manner as campus quadrangles and the great spaces of American Ivy league architecture. The classically inspired, Spanish revival design makes use of covered exterior circulation and forms an important new courtyard plaza space adjacent to the historic Resaca. The merging of indoor/outdoor, formal/informal space maximized the cross-disciplinary mission of this multipurpose classroom building.

Brownsville, Texas

University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley

Length of Relationship with Client
Since 1998

Construction Type:

Contract Delivery:
CM at Risk

Design Start – Finish:
September 2006 – August 2007

Notice to Proceed: May 2007

Substantial Completion: Summer 2008

Description of Services:
Full service architectural, interior design and construction administration services.

James G. Sterner, AIA

Project Manager/Architect:
James G. Sterner, AIA

Project Designer:
Steven Land Tillotson, AIA

Cultural Design:
Henry R. Muñoz III

Interior Design:
Claudia Carlos, IIDA, AIA, LEED AP

MEP: HMG & Associates
Structural/Civil: Hinojosa Engineering
Civil: Ambiotec Civil Engineering
Landscape: SSP Design
Acoustics: Dickensheets




Preliminary Construction Cost: $11.4 million

Final Construction Cost: $12 million

Initial Project Size: 42,000 SF

Final Project Size: 43,985 SF



Preliminary Construction Cost:
$7.5 million

Final Construction Cost:
$7.5 million

Initial Project Size: 34,000 SF

Final Project Size: 36,264 SF



Construction Cost: $4.5 Million

Project Size: 18,000 SF

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