College celebrates new building with dedication ceremony
The College of Communication hosted Belo Center for New Media tours and a building dedication ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 300 W. Dean Keeton St.
If you were unable to attend the dedication in person, you can watch the ceremony online.
Located at the northeast corner of Dean Keeton and Guadalupe Streets, the $54.8 million Belo Center provides interactive classrooms and meeting space for more than 4,600 students in the college and houses the adjacent KUT Public Media Studios. The 120,000-square-foot building includes lecture halls, auditoria, student offices and meeting rooms, as well as spaces for film screenings and conferences for all college departments.
The Belo Center has expanded student advising and career services areas, a dedicated advertising classroom and a multimedia newsroom that will be the editorial headquarters for the school's student-produced news website, Reporting Texas. It houses the offices college administration, the School of Journalism and Department of Advertising and Public Relations.
The Belo Center contains numerous innovative design and sustainability features, and the college is applying to receive "silver certification" from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
It uses recycled and regional building materials, motion-sensitive lighting and translucent glass office walls that filter sunlight. Its landscaping is irrigated from a rainwater collection system and from condensation collected from the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
Time Lapse from Construction Site
Click the graphic below to view a time lapse video of the construction site.