Facility name: The University of Texas at San Antonio School of Data Science and National Security Collaboration Center Building, San Antonio, Texas
Size: 167,158 gross sq. ft.
Cost: $90 million
Project team: Whiting-Turner, Jacobs, Overland
Projected completion date: July 2022
The UTSA School of Data Science (SDS) and National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC) Building is an innovative state-of-the-art hub for education, research, and external engagement in information security and data science.
The 167,000 sq. ft, six-story structure will sit along San Pedro Creek in downtown San Antonio, anchoring UTSA to San Antonio’s prospering high-tech corridor and serving as a catalyst for economic and community investment in the San Pedro Creek area. The project advances the university’s vision to earn national recognition as a research-intensive institution and bolsters San Antonio’s national standing as Cyber City USA.
The SDS will include nearly 86,000 sq. ft. of classroom, laboratory, and research space for the 6,500 data science students who are projected to take classes there by 2022. UTSA’s 70-plus faculty members in cybersecurity, cloud computing, data analytics, and artificial intelligence will be located there, enabling more frequent collaborations with government, industry, and community partners in the heart of San Antonio. The university’s computer science, computer engineering, statistics and data sciences, and information systems and cybersecurity departments will reside in the new facility in addition to its Open Cloud Institute.
The NSCC, which includes more than 81,000 sq. ft. for innovation, laboratories, and research, will be co-located with the SDS. Currently operating at the Main Campus, the center is a hub for government, university, and industry partners in the cybersecurity field. The Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute will be co-located within the NSCC as well as various collaborative efforts in forensics; visualization and analytics; network security, cyber training and workforce development; big data analytics and privacy; postquantum cryptography, cyber-physical systems and embedded security; cloud security; attack and threat modeling and mitigation; machine learning and artificial intelligence; and platform, software, and hardware integrity.
The new building will be accessible and attractive to the community. The center will house a ground-level café, in addition to a large, multipurpose, public event space for students and tenants.