The entire data science community will also benefit by working closely with the National Security Collaboration Center, which will anchor the top two floors with its embedded ecosystem of government contractors and federal partners.
“The completion of construction at San Pedro I is a critical milestone as it affirms UTSA’s commitment to expand its downtown footprint, while connecting students from the new School of Data Science and the National Security Collaboration Center with industry partners to grow our workforce and develop solutions for society’s grand challenges,” UTSA President Taylor Eighmy said. “I continue to be immensely grateful for the generous support from Graham Weston and our Board of Regents as well as our partners at Bexar County and the City of San Antonio as they help us build a university of the future in the city of the future.”
San Pedro I has 84,500 square feet of classroom, laboratory and research space for the more than 400 data science students who are projected to take classes there starting in spring 2023. UTSA’s 30 core faculty members in science, engineering, technology, business, math, health, social sciences, and humanities will be located there, enabling more frequent collaborations with government, industry and community partners in the heart of San Antonio.
Overseeing the design and construction was the team consisting of firms Whiting-Turner, Jacobs and Overland Partners—which participated in a comprehensive, competitive process to secure the contract.
“Every step of the design and construction process was an intentional collaboration between construction partners in actualizing the UTSA vision,” said UTSA Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President for Business Affairs Veronica Salazar. “Together, we have created a space that will bring new connections and innovation to the San Antonio tech corridor by allowing for expanded industry partnerships co-located among UTSA’s talented students, faculty and staff.”