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.
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