The University of Texas at Austin
  • Construction and renovation continues on campus

    By Laurie Lentz
    Laurie Lentz
    Published: Oct. 18, 2007

    LBJ Plaza Renovation/Lady Bird Johnson Center
    Extensive renovations to the plaza include replacing deteriorated paving and replacing three leaking fountains with wildflower gardens. The gardens will be a tribute to Lady Bird Johnson, for whom the plaza is being renamed. Additional construction includes remodeling an auditorium, opening up a concourse and installing two new classrooms. Completion date: 2009.

    Littlefield Fountain Restoration
    The recently completed first phase of restoration of the Littlefield Fountain involved repairing leaks in the masonry basin, installing a new liner, repairing and power-washing the stonework around the fountain, and cleaning and applying a protective coating to the statues. During the second phase the original piping to the fountain dating back to 1930-32 will be replaced, as will the pump. Work will take place below ground level inside the pump room vault. Improvements will be made to the landscaping and sprinkler system around the fountain, and workers will revegetate the planters around the basins and clean or replace the masonry balusters.
    Completion date: February 2008.

    Performing Arts Center
    In addition to undergoing substantial fire and life safety systems upgrades, the Performing Arts Center will have its lobby expanded and modernized for the patrons of the Bass Concert Hall, which first opened its doors in 1981. The interior of Bass Concert Hall will gain improved acoustics and updated decor to better accommodate visitors and performers.
    Completion date: January 2009.

    The following two projects were recently completed at the university:

    Perry Castaneda Library Student Learning Commons
    The new space in the Perry-Castaneda Library (PCL) opened at the end of August, marking completion of the first significant renovation to the PCL since the building’s dedication in 1977. With a $500,000 gift from the University Federal Credit Union, the former periodicals room was redesigned into a modern, comfortable community study area in which the academic resources were maintained in the room. Infrastructure and technology upgrades to the space were incorporated as part of the overall plan. Completion date: August 2007.

    Union Building Lounge/Starbuck’s Coffee Shop
    The Texas Union has another spot this fall for students, faculty and staff to study, chat or relax. The university constructed a lounge in the former location of a Java City shop and oversaw installation of an adjoining Starbuck’s in the space previously occupied by a campus convenience store. That store is now on the north side of the building. Completion date: September 2007.

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