The University of Texas at Austin Gary L. Thomas Energy Engineering Building

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The University of Texas at Austin Gary L. Thomas Energy Engineering Building

Contributing to the engineering precinct at UT Austin, the Gary L. Thomas Energy Engineering Building serves as a multidisciplinary hub for energy-related education, research and innovation.

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Located on the northwest side of the UT Austin Campus, the Gary L. Thomas Energy Engineering Building (GLT) helps the Cockrell School of Engineering establish a new multidisciplinary approach to the energy sciences. Together with the Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC), the GLT activates the edge of campus and creates a true hub and identity for the Engineering precinct that advances the strategic and programmatic needs of the Cockrell School. The two buildings mediate between the contemporary buildings of the loosely defined engineering precinct and the historic campus core.

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The Gary L. Thomas Energy Engineering Building provides approximately 184,300 gross square feet of engineering and research space on six levels. The multidisciplinary building houses classrooms, labs and project spaces to connect UT students, faculty, researchers and industry partners.

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The North Bridge includes an art installation and connects the building to the EERC to complete the engineering corridor.

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The Gary L. Thomas Energy Engineering Building houses select teaching and research components from four departments focused on energy engineering, including Environmental Engineering teaching labs and six floors of wet labs. The GLT provides cutting-edge labs and classrooms, student project spaces and collaborative environments in which students and faculty members in petroleum, chemical and mechanical engineering disciplines work together to develop the energy industry solutions of the future. Included in the building is a special “showcase lab”, which is a state-of-the-art high-temperature lab space that enables the Cockrell community to explore new frontiers in research innovation. With its abundant glasswork, the research space is on display for visitors to learn about the research taking place.

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An inviting lounge and lecture hall features floor-to-ceiling windows that serve as a state-of-the-art community gathering venue.


Austin, TX
184,000 GSF
Lecture Hall, Teaching Labs, MRI Suite, Classrooms, “Showcase Labs”
LEED Platinum


Ennead Architects
Kevin McClurkan, Alex O'Briant, Emily Kirkland, Ryan Lewandowski, Lauren Harness, Nicholas Hornig
Architect of Record
Jeff Goldberg/Esto