University of Texas at Austin

Hackerman Science Building


The University of Texas at Austin is a public research university in Austin, Texas. The University was founded in 1883 and has an enrollment of over 50,000 undergraduate and 24,000 graduate students.

The Norman Hackerman Building (NHB) provides space for an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to education, research and development for the College of Natural Sciences. This includes technology-enabled classroom and seminar spaces, undergraduate teaching laboratories and research labs for the Institute for Neuroscience, The Center for Learning and Memory, and Synthetic Organic Chemistry. The NHB is also home to inorganic chemistry teaching and research, as well as administrative offices for the School of Biological Sciences.

In addition, the NHB houses facilities and equipment that provide core support for all research areas. The basement includes a high-field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) facility, an electron microscopy imaging suite, an in vivo optical imaging space, and a functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) facility for brain imaging. Three additional NMR machines are located on the building’s fifth floor for more routine use. These core facilities provide support for several other research areas including pharmacy, psychology, biomedical engineering and other natural sciences.

The east end of the NHB features a glass façade which faces the campus’ main pedestrian thoroughfare. A conference space, a 150-seat seminar room and several informal gathering spaces are located here. These informal spaces include seating and workstations to facilitate study and collaboration, and a student workroom and lounge provides added informal gathering space for students. The seminar room features advanced audiovisual technology that can be easily adapted for future technology.

The Norman Hackerman Building fulfills the College of Natural Sciences’ new initiatives in curricular mission as well as academic goals for growth. The building also provides advanced infrastructure to serve both current and future programs with sophisticated and technologically advanced core facilities that will serve the larger campus research community.


  • Fosters interdisciplinary research at the University
  • Uses informal spaces and advanced audio visual technology to reinforce the latest educational pedagogies
  • Integrates College of Natural Sciences programs, technologies and functions under one roof


  • Strategic Technology Planning
  • Infrastructure Design
  • Systems Design
  • Procurement
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Implementation Project Management
  • Transition Planning


  • Structured Cabling
  • Wireless Access
  • Technology Rooms
  • Audio and Video Presentation System
  • Infrastructure
  • Classroom Presentation Infrastructure
  • Digital Signage Infrastructure
  • Client: University of Texas at Austin
  • Market: Education
  • Location: Austin, TX
  • Size: 320,000 Square Feet
  • Architects: CO Architects and Taniguchi Architects
  • Contractor: Beck
  • Project Type: Classrooms and Research Laboratories