A Gateway To The Future UTD Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center   |   Richardson, Texas   |   31,600 SF

Scheduled to open in 2017, the University of Texas at Dallas Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center will fill a major void by becoming a prominently located, active meeting place for the university’s alumni and students.

Alumni Without A Home
If you are a college graduate, some of the joys of returning to your alma mater include reuniting with other alumni and interacting with students. Since opening in 1978, the University of Texas at Dallas has had no facility dedicated to such activities, so opportunities for alumni to feel connected to the institution have remained extremely limited.
A Plan With A Mission
Through the passionate and visionary commitment of generous donors and the heartfelt dedication of the UTD Alumni Association and University President, this will soon change. With the goal of providing an inspirational, motivational, and aspirational meeting place where alumni and students can join together in an ongoing celebration of the university’s accomplishments with an eye towards the future, the university enlisted Overland Partners to design the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center. According to Principal in Charge Rick Archer, “The university thought about students as future alumni . . . so they wanted a place for collaboration and community, where alumni can interact with students on a daily basis throughout the school year.”
University of Texas at Dallas Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center Card Session
University of Texas at Dallas Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center Card Session
University of Texas at Dallas Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center Sketch

Coming Full Circle
The Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center includes a multifunctional ballroom, a conference center with office and meeting spaces, and an inspirational hall. Situated at the entrance to the UTD campus, the facility opens onto a green lawn that is approached directly from a parking garage.

The building’s identifying feature is a metal scrim that runs along areas of the interior and exterior is articulated with apertures that represent the orbits of comets moving around the sun. Metaphorically, this motif draws an analogy between comets, which move away from the sun but are ultimately pulled back by the gravitational force of the sun or a planet, and alumni, who graduate to pursue a new direction, but retain their attachment and loyalty to the university.

Once open, the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center is projected to become a transformational place that engages the entire university community.  According to Archer, “It gives them a place to gather, to tell their story, to welcome people back, and to send them off.” as they pursue their futures.

This elegant focal point for our growing UT Dallas alumni community will be yet another milestone along our path to ever greater stature as a university of major national significance, one that provides both its current students and its graduates with extraordinary opportunity and value.
Dr. Hobson Wildenthal President ad interim The University of Texas at Dallas