Science Building
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Alta Architects designed the new UTRGV Science Building at the Edinburg Campus. The new facility provides additional capabilities for both research and teaching, incorporating the guiding principles established for the University to fully integrate next generation technology and customized learning to increase affordability and maximize student success and develop programmatic strength in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health. As part of UTRGV’s effort to develop a first class medical school to ultimately improve the health of the community.

The new Science building was be designed for 21st century technologies and pedagogies supporting enhanced research and learning opportunities in a collaborative environment. The building provides space necessary to accommodate current and future needs to support a teaching and emerging research university comprising physical and life sciences with a special focus on biomedical research. The building provides approximately 112,000 gross square feet to accommodate current and future research investigators as well as additional instructional space in the form of teaching labs and seminar classrooms.

Edinburg, Texas 

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

James G. Sterner, AIA, LEED AP

Project Architect
Rob Reiter, AIA, LEED AP

Project Designer
Geof Edwards, AIA, LEED AP

Cultural Design
Henry R. Muñoz III

General Contractor
Vaughn Construction

Delivery Method:
CM at Risk

Design Start – Finish:
January 2015 – June 2018

Construction Notice to Proceed:
December 2015

Final Cost:

Project Size:
112,000 GSF

Substantial Completion:
February 2018

Construction Type:
IIA – New Construction

Occupancy Type:
Assembly and Business

Lab Planner – Ballinger

MEP – Shah Smith & Associates

Structural & Civil:
Jaster Quintanilla (IES)

IT/AV: Combs Consulting

Landscape: Scott Pajeski

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