University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT Dallas) recently celebrated the groundbreaking of a new, state-of-the-art STEM building, for which Vaughn serves as construction manager-at-risk. The 118,000 SF facility will pave the way for a new level of instruction, research, and collaboration. The four-story structure will include 18-20 classrooms, nine biology and chemistry teaching labs, three research labs, and a large event venue. It will also include multiple study and work areas, faculty and staff offices, a student STEM center, and a Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP) space for students interested in going to medical school.
“When completed, this building will stand as the most consequential addition to the UNT Dallas main campus, bringing with it expanded opportunities for our current and future students to be trained for significant healthcare careers,” said Bob Mong, UNT Dallas president. “For employers, our graduates will help solve urgent healthcare shortages in our community. This is a win for our students, our industry partners, and the future of healthcare in North Texas.”
The building is the next step in UNT Dallas’ long-term plan to expand STEM opportunities for students and bolster the pipeline of highly skilled candidates to North Texas employers seeking STEM professionals. Specifically, it will provide a pathway for healthcare careers, including advancement to medical, nursing and pharmacy schools, and other post-graduate educational institutions focused on science, health, medicine, and wellness.