The newest segment of San Pedro Creek Culture Park, which officially opened this weekend, is expected to attract development of all kinds next to downtown’s new linear park in the coming years.
One is just two months away from opening.
The University of Texas at San Antonio’s School of Data Science and National Security Collaboration Center, 506 Dolorosa, are scheduled to officially open for the spring semester in January. More than 400 students, faculty and staff are expected to inhabit the $91.8 million, six-story, 167,000-square-foot building along the newly-opened segment of the creek.
Once UTSA’s newest downtown building is activated, the public can expect events on its creek-side amphitheater, a cafe, and a 300-seat auditorium for community gatherings.
The construction was substantially completed in July, Joe Izbrand, UTSA’s associate vice president for strategic communications and external affairs, said in an email.
The university is spending the fall months moving in furniture and adding fixtures and equipment into the building, which it’s calling San Pedro I.
San Pedro I has 84,5000 square feet of classroom, laboratory and research space.
The School of Data Science offers programs in artificial intelligence, computer science and data analytics, and 16 research centers, including the MATRIX AI Consortium for Human Well-being and the Open Cloud Institute. Meanwhile, the National Security Collaboration Center will occupy the top two floors and office government contractors and federal partners.
The building was funded primarily using $75 million from the Permanent University Fund, and with a $15 million contribution from businessman and philanthropist Graham Weston. The new building is located about a block east of its main downtown campus at 501 W. César E. Chávez Blvd.
UTSA has plans to develop other parcels just west of the creek for an extension of its College of Business, and a new Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Careers Building.
— Ben Olivo, Heron editor
UTSA School of Data Science, National Security Collaboration Center
» Address: 506 Dolorosa
» Institution: University of Texas at San Antonio
» Property owner: University of Texas at San Antonio
» New or reuse: New
» Status: Completed
» Height: 5 stories
» Space: 167,000 square feet
» Land size: 2.5 acres
» Parking: Some on-site parking spaces
» Construction start date: December 2020
» End date: July 2022
» Construction: Whiting-Turner (Baltimore)
» Engineering: Jacobs (Dallas)
» Architect: Overland Partners (San Antonio)
» Cost: $91 million
» Funding source: $75 million Permanent University Fund; $1 million UTSA institutional funds
» Philanthropy: $15 million Graham Weston
» Financing: N/A
Dec. 15, 2020
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