The University of Texas at El Paso broke ground on the $80 million Advanced Manufacturing and Aerospace Center in late August of 2022. Accommodating courses in additive manufacturing, drone technology, and 3D printing, the 98,000-sf facility will provide the College of Engineering with teaching and research labs, fabrication suites, high bay spaces, classrooms, and administrative offices. The four-story building will feature hands-on learning venues where students can gain the crucial skills needed by local employers such as NASA and Blue Origin. Designed to adapt to changing programs over time, the highly flexible structure will initially house the Aerospace Center and the W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation. The transformative development will catalyze regional economic growth by fostering collaboration with industry partners and the commercialization of new technologies.
The project team includes design architect TreanorHL, associate architect Ayers Saint Gross, electrical engineer Chambers Engineering, civil engineer Quantum Engineering Consultants, structural engineer JQ Infrastructure, and mechanical, plumbing, and fire protection engineer AEI (Affiliated Engineers). Sundt Construction is acting as CM-at-risk and will deliver the facility for a contract value of $50 million. Completion is expected in late 2025.