MEDIA ADVISORY: Gateway to UT Austin Campus to Change With Opening of 497,500-Square-Foot Graduate Business Building

Rendering of Robert B. Rowling Hall

What: The McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin will celebrate the grand opening of its new 497,500-square-foot graduate business education center, Robert B. Rowling Hall. The facility, across from the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, will provide a new and iconic look to one of the gateways to campus.

When: 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22.

Where: Robert B. Rowling Hall, 300 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX 78701.

The front entrance to the building can be accessed from the AT&T Center garage or across the plaza that is adjacent to the M2 exit of the AT&T Center.

Parking: Parking is available in the AT&T Center garage. If the AT&T Center garage is full, overflow parking is available at:

Parking validation cards are available at the event.

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Speakers: Gregory L. Fenves, president of The University of Texas at Austin; Jay Hartzell, dean of the McCombs School of Business; Eric Hirst, senior associate dean of the McCombs School; and Bob Rowling, McCombs alumnus and former regent, whose gift of $25 million launched the campaign to fund the construction of the building.

Rowling Hall by the Numbers:

  • 497,500 gross square feet
  • Five stories (above grade); six stories of parking (below grade)
  • 15,000-gross-square-foot ballroom
  • 17 classrooms
  • 23 conference rooms
  • 21 interview rooms
  • 80 study/breakout rooms
  • $58.25 million raised
  • 80+ staff

Background: Rowling Hall will house the Texas McCombs MBA and M.S. in Technology Commercialization programs. The facility is also home to the Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs, the John C. Goff Labs, and the Center for Leadership and Ethics, as well as being a site for Texas Executive Education classes and programs. 

It will serve as a hub for graduate students to meet with peers, faculty members, recruiters and members of the building community to openly exchange ideas, network and work in teams. The building will also double the space available for Texas Executive Education programs and, in conjunction with the AT&T Education and Conference Center, increase the convention and conference activities at the university.

Construction on Rowling Hall began in fall 2014. The building was designed by Ennead Architects and Jacobs. DPR is the construction manager for the project.