MEDIA ADVISORY: Texas Advanced Computing Center Building Groundbreaking on Feb. 18


AUSTIN, Texas The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin will break ground on an innovative office building at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus. The groundbreaking event will feature Juan Sanchez, the university's vice president for research, and Dan Stanzione, the TACC executive director.

"TACC is a pillar of UT Austin's research capability. What's more, it helps scientists around the world push the frontier of knowledge in innumerable fields," said Bill Powers, president of UT Austin. "It needs a facility that will help keep Texas at the forefront of advanced computing, and I'm gratified that with this it will have one."

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1:30-3 p.m.

WHERE: J.J. Pickle Research Campus, 10100 Burnet Road, Research Office Complex (ROC), Building 196, Texas Advanced Computing Center, Room 1.900.

News media are invited to attend and cover the event.

BACKGROUND: The Texas Advanced Computing Center received approval from the UT System Board of Regents last year to expand its facilities. The building is being funded by a $10 million gift from the Peter O'Donnell Foundation in Dallas and matching funds from the UT System Board of Regents.

The new TACC Office Building a three-story, 38,000-gross-square-foot building will be in the northeast quadrant of the J.J. Pickle Research Campus on Burnet Road.

TACC conducts research in the field of advanced computing while conducting outreach to increase the awareness of the importance of advanced computing and computational science.

More than 2,000 active, funded research projects in all fields of science are benefiting from the advanced computing resources available at TACC, which includes a comprehensive ecosystem of leading-edge resources in high-performance computing, visualization, data analysis, storage, cloud, data-driven computing, and software.

Completion is expected in January 2016.