As The University of Texas at Dallas continues to grow, officials at the school are creating more space for student learning and activities.

Beginning in late January or early February, construction is set to begin on renovations to the university’s Student Success Center/Student Union building to create more classroom space and a new esports center, according to a news release.

“With the growth we have experienced at UT Dallas over the last several years, these key projects will provide much-needed additional space and opportunities for our students,” said Calvin Jamison, vice president for facilities and economic development, in the release.

The details

Plans for the new building include additional classrooms and a 400-person lecture hall that will be used by the Office of Undergraduate Education and Office of Information Technology, along with the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

The new student center will also house an esports center that will include a gaming lounge, a multipurpose arena, broadcast and production space, and an eatery, according to the news release.

Construction on classroom and lecture hall space is expected to wrap up in late 2026, while the esports center is set to be completed in early 2025.

What else?

Work on the student center is part of a number of projects taking place at UT Dallas as the university expects to add more than 5,500 students by 2030.

In addition to construction gearing up to begin on the Points at Waterview mixed-use development, which is partly being developed on university-owned land north of campus and is expected to alleviate some of the need for student housing, officials expect the first building of the Edith and Peter O’Donnell Jr. Athenaeum to be completed in late 2024.

The planned Athenaeum will serve as the campus’s new “cultural district,” according to school officials. The first building will house a new second location for the Trammell and Margaret Crow Museum of Asian Art.