University of Texas at Austin Welch Hall Laboratory Renovations

Welch Hall, constructed in 1929 as the original home of the UT chemistry and biochemistry departments, underwent a multi-phase renovation…

Revitalizing a Legacy Laboratory Building for Contemporary Science

University of Texas at Austin Welch Hall Laboratory Renovations

Austin, TX

Welch Hall, constructed in 1929 as the original home of the UT chemistry and biochemistry departments, underwent a multi-phase renovation over a 10-year period. The East Wing has been repurposed with a mix of computational and theoretical chemistry research labs, administrative space, meeting and interaction space, and wet lab space for both undergraduate chemistry teaching and inorganic chemistry research on the fourth and fifth levels.

The design replaces the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, including custom AHU’s sized to fit into the profile of the existing clay tile roof dormers. The West Wing Renovation includes a combination of low, medium and high fume hood-intensive chemistry research labs; chemistry labs supporting the UT Freshman Research Initiative; and a 100-seat, flexible, technology-enabled and problem-based learning studio. CO Architects: Executive & Design Architect; Taniguchi Architects: Associate Architect.

Project Name

Welch Hall Laboratory Renovations

Size

125,000 GSF

Client

The University of Texas at Austin

Completion Date

2016

Services

Programming
Laboratory Plannin
Architecture
Interior Design

Location

Austin, TX

“I also wanted to thank you for the wonderful job that you did with my (laser) lab renovations. We have been running experiments continuously for the last year or longer, we have not had a single issue with the lab or with any equipment. The temperature in the laser lab has been really stable.”

Carlos R. Baiz, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, The University of Texas at Austin