Student Activity Center History

Student Activity Center watercolor rendering

In January of  2009, the dream of a second building began to take shape when ground was broken at the location just north of Gregory Gym on the East Mall.  The construction was right on schedule for the January 2011 Grand opening.  The Student Activity Center (SAC) is a manifested student initiative.  Its main purpose is to serve the students of The University of Texas at Austin, support a diverse array of student interests and provide additional and alternative options for activity, event, meeting, dining and outdoor gathering spaces.  

As it was originally intended, environment friendly elements were used in the construction. In 2012, The Student Activity Center received a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold rating. The Student Activity Center is the first building on the UT Austin campus to receive this rating.

It is inspiring to know that a dream which began when the Texas Union opened its doors in 1933, has grown to encompass two locations on campus for students to build a sense of community and to grow alongside their peers through utilizing these buildings and all they have to offer.

The Student Activity Center serves its community in a variety of ways. We are a building of students, for students and by students.