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Welch Hall North Plaza Renewed

Due to under-utilization of the Welch North Plaza, The College of Natural Sciences decided to transform it into a more comfortable, dynamic and aesthetically pleasing environment where students, faculty and staff could gather or seek solitude. Taniguchi Archi- tects was selected to assist the College in this en- deavor and the collaborative design process kicked off in Sept 2008; construction began in June 2009 and was completed in Nov 2009. To make the Plaza more comfortable, 2 pavilions were erected which now shade a major portion of the Plaza. The pavilions are

equipped with fans and misting systems which pro- vide added relief from the heat. A new water feature and new landscaping around the plaza help soften the presence of the surrounding buildings, giving it a more serene feel. The architecture, from the unique pavilion shapes and the scored and colored concrete paving, to the undulating planter walls with a variety of flora, is intended to provide a dynamic that attracts people to this special place. Provisions have been pro- vided to add a food concession at a later date.

—Evan K. Taniguchi, AIA


Taniguchi Architects

Structural Engineer

Frank Lam and Associates

MEP Engineers


UT/Austin PMCS

Ralph Jones

Department of Chemistry

and Biochemistry

Dr. Richard Quy Stephen Moore

College of Natural Sciences

Carol Davis

General Contractor


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