Rowling Hall Construction Update

The new Robert B. Rowling Hall, which will house the McCombs School of Business graduate programs at The University of Texas at Austin, expands the teaching and meeting facilities of the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, and adds 525 new parking spaces on campus.

This 458,000-square-foot graduate business building will stand on the northeast corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Guadalupe Street, immediately west of the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, and is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017.  Rowling Hall is our answer to the evolving business and technological environment and will revolutionize the way we view education. 

As of June, five floors below grade – which includes the parking garage, as well as the ballroom and service areas – have been completed. Eric Hirst, Senior Associate Dean of the McCombs School of Business, hopes they will top out the building by the end of September.

Technology has played a large role in the design of Rowling Hall. Because technology advances quickly, the building is being constructed to makes it easier to update to the latest capabilities. Always looking ahead, Rowling Hall features experimental classrooms that will test new technologies that change the way we engage with one other.

In addition, the new spaces and classrooms boast an abundance of natural light and are designed to accommodate multiple teaching methods. Many classrooms will have furniture that can be easily reconfigured for different types of collaboration, allowing for easy transitions between lecture, seminar, and breakout group sessions.

Hirst believes the incorporation of new technologies and collaborative spaces into the building will create a progressive academic experience. “When we talk about technology, we are speaking in terms of the nature of the rooms we have to teach and learn in. It’s ultimately a way to bring people together to share ideas.”


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