Today, the UT System Board of Regents committed $100 million in Permanent University Fund (PUF) bond proceeds to support the construction of an energy engineering building in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. The building is the next in the Cockrell School’s master facility plan and will be focused on energy-related education and research. Before construction can begin, two additional levels of approval from the Regents will be required, and the school will also need to secure $50 million in philanthropic support.

“I am grateful to the Board of Regents for their support of this important facility and their commitment to our extraordinary Texas Engineering faculty and students,” said Cockrell School Dean Sharon L. Wood. “The energy engineering building is a critical step in ensuring the university’s continued leadership in energy education and research.”

The vote by the Board of Regents allows the school to begin formal planning and programming for the building. The first step will be to work with UT Austin and UT System personnel to select a design firm.