About the Building

With world-class petroleum, chemical and mechanical engineering programs, over 20 energy-related research centers and a location in the heart of the nation’s most energy-producing state, The University of Texas at Austin has already firmly established itself as the energy university in the U.S. But, through the years, the only missing piece has been the existence of an impressive facility that can bring the campus together in pursuit of innovative solutions to the energy challenges of the future. Until now.

Gross Square Feet
Multidisciplinary Research Space
Area of Focus (Energy)


"We live in an increasingly global society, and the challenges surrounding energy are best addressed by bringing top experts together — regardless of their academic department or discipline. Inside the GLT, these energy experts can change the world."

Sharon L. Wood
Dean, Cockrell School of Engineering



The Gary L. Thomas Energy Engineering Building was made possible by the commitment of The University of Texas Board of Regents and the generosity of our Cockrell School of Engineering alumni and friends.


seal of UT austin
Fall 2016

UT Board of Regents commits $100 Million in Permanent University Fund bond proceeds

rendering of commons area
Fall 2018

Architects complete detailed design and UT Board of Regents approve start date for construction

shovels with helmets on top for groundbreaking ceremony
Fall 2019

Ceremonial Groundbreaking

balloons dropping into atrium of EER
Fall 2021

Grand Opening

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