Game Changer: Large-Scale Structural Testing Facility at UTSA

IES is proud to announce our collaboration with Shah Smith & Associates, Alamo Architects, TreanorHL, and Turner Construction on the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Large-Scale Structural Testing Facility. The 15,000 SF facility is the largest institutional project, fully managed in-house, in UTSA history.

The building will be significant in many ways. Due to its unique testing capabilities, the building will transform engineering education and research at UTSA and will have implications locally, regionally, and even internationally. It is likely to be a game changer for Civil and Structural Engineering research for student engineers, teachers, and staff to boot.

According to the University of Texas at San Antonio’s website, the large-scale structural testing facility will provide researchers the ability to test real-size structural systems and components with its 40 x 80 FT reaction floor. The reaction floor will have the capacity to apply test loads of up 2M pounds over the entire testing area. A thicker region of the floor will have a unique capability for testing large-scale systems and components with spans of up to 70 feet.

The laboratory will have dual cranes with 30-ton capacity to load, unload, and transport heavy specimens, will have a large-capacity Hydraulic Power Supply (HPS) and high-pressure distribution lines with access manifolds in the service chase that will facilitate the use of servo-controlled actuators anywhere in the test floor, which will allow researchers to simulate a wide range of problems including high cycle fatigue, earthquake, and blast loads.

Offices for students, faculty, and staff, and a conference room where visitors will be able to observe tests being performed in the lab will accompany the structural testing area.
The building will be located on the west campus on the far-north portion of Barshop Blvd., adjacent to Barshop Blvd. Lot 2. Construction of the LSS building began on September 11, 2017.

The total cost for the project is projected to cost $9,950,000 and is expected to be completed on March 31, 2019.


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