AUSTIN (KXAN) - Two computer industry titans, Michael Dell and Bill Gates, have teamed up to give UT-Austin a brand new computer science building.
The university will official open the doors to the Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science hall this Wednesday.
The 140,000-square-foot complex features 10 "research clusters," which are designed to encourage collaboration and innovation with large glass-walled labs surrounded by a mix of faculty, graduate student and visitor offices, open discussion areas and a large conference room.
The building also features an open atrium for student community-building and studying, a lecture hall, dedicated spaces for the Turing Scholars undergraduate honors program and other computer science student groups, computing labs and study lounges.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation contributed $30 million to the project. The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation contributed $10 million to the building, which was part of a $50 million May 2006 gift to the University of Texas System to support a variety of programs in technology and human health.
The finished project comes in the wake of the opening of the Belo Center for New Media, which opened last fall, and the new Liberal Arts building that opened this spring.
The complex is located on Speedway and consists of two buildings and a connecting glass atrium. It connects with the O'Donnell ACES Building.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.