The University of Texas at Austin opened the $310 million Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC) in late September of 2017. Designed by Ennead Architects and Jacobs, the nine-story, 433,000-sf facility provides the Cockrell School of Engineering with multidisciplinary research labs, teaching labs, classrooms, meeting rooms, faculty offices, a three-story atrium, and a 267-seat auditorium. The project, which houses the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, offers approximately 50,000 sf of collaborative research space. LEED Silver sustainable design certification will be sought for the facility, which features the two-story, 23,000-sf National Instruments Student Project Center, the Texas Instruments Laboratories, and the Innovation Center. The project team included Affiliated Engineers, Datum Engineers, and Garza Program Management. Jacobs also provided laboratory design, civil engineering, and cost estimation services. The construction manager was Hensel Phelps. Construction began on the EERC in early 2015.