10 Materials Resource Center

MATERIALS RESOURCE CENTER



10


TYPE

Ar: artifact + environment


METRICS

SF: N/A


MATERIALS

N/A


DATE

2008 - 2010


LOCATION

University Co-op Materials Resource Center, University of Texas

Austin, Texas, USA

N 30°17’08” - W 97°44’26”


DESCRIPTION

The University Co-op Materials Resource Center maintains one of the largest and most comprehensive academic material collections of its kind at any college or university in the country. With 30,000+ material samples and corresponding product literature, the collection consists of traditional building construction materials; however, it strives to be reflective of the current building and design market and has a particular focus on smart, innovative, merging and sustainable design materials and technologies. One of the center's goals is to maintain a current and up-to-date collection, and its staff is continually contacting manufacturers to acquire new and innovative samples. 

The collection is organized by the Construction Specifications Institute's [CSI] Master Format to familiarize students with the industry standards during their undergraduate and graduate education before entering the design profession.

With the assistance of the University Co-operative Society, the Materials Resource Center, which encompasses the material collection, gallery / exhibition space, classrooms, as well as the Architectural Conservation lab was established in the fall 2001. It was the product of a merger between the Interior Design program - originally located in the School of Human Ecology [Textiles + Apparel] - and the School of Architecture in 1997. Before the two came together, the architecture school and the interior design program each maintained their own private materials collections.



PROJECT TEAM

Zaneta Hong


CLIENT

University Co-operative Society

University of Texas, School of Architecture