Create a master space plan that focuses on using space efficiently to promote community, communication and integration.


LEAD: Dr. Dean Appling, Associate Dean for Research and Facilities



The College completed its Master Space Plan and has begun work on several related projects. Renovation of the west half of the 1929 wing of Welch Hall commenced in May 2015. UT Austin submitted a $100 million tuition revenue bond request to the 2015 Texas State Legislature for approval to fund the remainder of the Welch Hall renovations.  The new Patterson Hall administrative suite for Integrative Biology opened in the 2016-2017 school year. Now that the master space plan is moving forward, clear funding opportunities are emerging. We have established a “menu” of naming opportunities for donors and corporate partners to consider.

In 2015-16, significant progress was made in renovating Welch Hall, the Norman Hackerman Building (NHB) and Patterson Hall. The 1929 west wing renovation in Welch was completed for the start of the Fall 2016 semester. This project adds significantly to the College’s teaching space and creates 17,500 sf of state-of-the-art research laboratories for synthetic, analytical, and physical chemistry. The 1978 wing renovation in Welch has entered the design phase and should be completed in early 2020. The first floor of NHB was finished out to provide a new home for the Biochemistry teaching laboratory and a new FRI lab. A modern research greenhouse is being constructed on the roof of NHB to support the research needs of our plant biologists for years to come. 



  • A well-designed, optimized space plan will lead to more effective use of space, a reduction in large-scale renovations, and more timely decision-making for new faculty hiring and renovation.
  • An effective fundraising campaign will secure resources necessary to carry out the next phase of the master space plan.



The College will:

  • monitor progress toward the master space plan timeline
  • track renovation costs
  • set and track progress toward renovation-related fundraising goals



  • We will obtain CIP approval to complete the Robert L Moore Building (RLM) renovation.
  • We will initiate fundraising for the RLM renovation.
  • We will implement the Master Space Plan for the Brackenridge Field Lab renovation.
  • We will continue renovations on the 1978 wing of Welch Hall.
  • We will initiate planning for the Biological Laboratories Building (BIO) renovation.