Downloads: (1) WPR annotated floorplan.pdf (2)
The Key Department will come out to WPR on a Tuesday or a Thursday to hand out keys after our locks are installed. They’ll give us 48 to 72 hours’ notice before the day of distribution. You can hang on to your UTA key(s) until then to turn over to them, or turn your UTA key(s) in to the Key Office as soon as we leave UTA.
If you have a Guadalupe Garage permit, you can trade it in for the less-expensive A permit at a staffed garage. Here’s a list of the staffed garages. Rumor has it that the Trinity Garage is the best site for such things. Maybe a good task for 2.8 or 2.9?
UT ID Cards
Amy De La Rosa is our BACS administrator. (BACS stands for Building Access Control System—that’s what your UT ID card is coded through.) Amy will handle switching your ID card over from UTA to WPR, effective [date].
CTR has some nifty badge holders with retractable cords, which will be handy for badging in and out of the building each day. Let us know if you’d like one. Or you can come up with your own system to keep your ID card at hand—just don’t punch a hole in it. The UT ID cards contain a thin wire that must remain intact for the cards to work on the BACS readers. (BACS stands for Building Access Control System—that’s what your UT ID card is coded through.)
WPR Welcome Packet
WPR Building's Business Hours
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Building / Door Security
WPR differs from UTA in one key way:
The ground floor has three revolving doors set to require card access at all times; only the south side has sliding glass doors. The sliding doors don’t require ID to enter/exit during normal business hours, which is handy, as those doors are closest to the visitor parking lot.
One ADA swing door is available; it is on the north side and does not require ID access during normal business hours.
All revolving doors and the ADA door are card-accessible during non-business hours—as long as your UT ID card is activated for WPR building access.
We received these tips from the WPR building manager:
- To enter and exit, hold your UT ID badge next to the BACS box and it will beep.
- Step into the revolving door and make sure you are standing on the second triangle to activate the door. (That second triangle is weight-activated.)
- It will rotate automatically; you do not need to push on the door.
- It is a tight fit to enter the revolving door. If you have any large backpacks or boxes, use the ADA door or the south side entrance.
- Here’s how to use the ADA door.
- Use the ADA button to open it during normal hours. After business hours it is card-access only.
- Do not hold the ADA door open. Let it cycle through opening and closing. If you need it to open again, just punch the button again to open it. Otherwise, after business hours the silent security alarm will notify UTPD.
- When leaving the building, punch the button on the wall (to the left). It will open and you can exit.
If you are having visitors to the building, please see the Visitors section for specifics on entry/exit.
Trash and Recycling
UT custodial services will pick up office trash and recycling bins on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please put your bins outside your office door, in the hallway—these folks don’t enter your office to pick up the bins. They will enter once or twice a month to vacuum. Common areas like kitchens and bathrooms will be cleaned daily, including trash disposal.
UT’s Document Solutions will deliver the campus and USPS mail to our front desk. You can place outgoing mail in the bin at the front desk. Note that the address you will give for having items shipped to our WPR office will depend on the shipping method.
- Campus mail: Our mail code will remain D9300.
- US mail: Use the address with our UT mail code—3925 W. Braker Ln, Stop D9300, Austin TX 78759.
UPS, FedEx, and other private shippers: Use the address with our suite number—3925 W. Braker Ln, Suite #4.11080, Austin TX 78759.However! The building’s offices are supposed to be renumbered shortly after we move in, so that suite number may change. Stay tuned for breaking news in this area.
Location and Use of the CTR Vehicles
We have two parking spots reserved for our two vehicles on the south side of the building, in the Pay & Display lot (F). The spots are signed with “CTR Vehicle Only” so they are easy to find. You’ll return the vehicles to those spots when you are done with them. We’ll use the same checkout system we use now—email the CTR Admin mailbox to request a car reservation and pick up the key from the CTR purchaser (a new purchaser is joining us 2.12.18).
Departmental Parking Pass for Campus Visits
CTR is buying one departmental parking pass for staffers to check out if they need to drive their vehicles to campus for meetings and such. You’ll be able to check out the pass much like you can check out one of the CTR vehicles. However, a departmental parking pass actually provides only limited areas where you can park on campus—primarily the San Antonio and Guadalupe garages. Given this limited utility (and a high cost of almost $600), we are purchasing only one departmental pass to start with. Get details about where you can park with this pass: https://parking.utexas.edu/parking/department/fdp-departmental-permit
The showers have hot water, and two sinks on our floor for sure have hot water. The building’s overall hot water heating system is out of order. We might have hot water in the CTR kitchen—if we do, it’ll be a delightful surprise. Who doesn’t love a surprise? Otherwise, for hot water on the 4th floor go to the mini-kitchen sink found in between the bathrooms, next to the Mystery Lounge.
How to describe the mystery lounge? You just have to see it. Will we ever be allowed to enter the Mystery Lounge from the 4th floor, or will we be forever forced to gaze down upon it in confusion, as it floats tantalizingly there between the 3rd and 4th floors? Only time will tell.
- Basketball court (in the parking lot on the Mopac side)
- Walking/running trail, approximately 1 mile (in the wooded area surrounding the building)
- Showers and lockers (1st floor)
- Patio seating (1st floor)
- UFCU ATM (1st floor)
- Vending machines (1st floor)
Nearby Restaurants and Stores
This area is rich in retail and restaurants—too many to list. Here are some highlights, though:
- Whole Foods (2 locations: Arboretum and Domain)
- Trader Joe’s
- Lupe Tortilla
- Masala Wok
- Mighty Fine Burgers
- Mimi’s Café
- More complete listing on this PDF: Where to Eat Around WPR.pdf
- Center for Space Research
- Charles A. Dana Center
- Construction Industry Institute (CII)
- Institute of Classical Archeology
- Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)
- Office of Technology Commercialization
- Process Industry Practices (PIP)
- TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas)
Parking, Transit, and Bicycles
CTR Employee Parking
WPR doesn’t have any parking garages, just Longhorn Lots—that means anyone with any UT permit can park there. And that means you can get away with only an A permit, which is the least expensive UT permit at $160 per year.
Purchase your permit online through the UT Parking and Transportation Services department: https://parking.utexas.edu/. If you have a permit for the Guadalupe Garage (F GUG), you can exchange it for an A permit by visiting PTS in person at any of the staffed parking garage kiosks: Brazos Garage (BRG); Conference Center Garage (CCG); East Campus (ECG); Manor (MAG); Speedway (SWG); Trinity (TRG); Health Center Garage (HCG).
Here’s a WPR parking map:
You can see that all but one lot are designated Longhorn Lots. WPR employees are encouraged to use A, B, and C lots, as the D, E, and G lots are intended for UT-permitted visitors.
Note: The F lot (on the south side, closest to visitor-friendly doors) is a Pay & Display lot—folks parking there need to pay the meter and put the meter-produced tag inside their windshield. The Visitors section of this document has more details on the visitor lots.
The #3 and #392 have stops on Braker, but the #3 runs about every 30 minutes and the #392 runs about every 50 minutes. If you take the train, the 392 can pick you up at the MetroRail Kramer station. However, you miss, say, the 7:32, the next one doesn’t arrive til 8:22 (based on Cap Metro times as of 1.25.18). So. Be warned.
The current public transit offerings for WPR might serve as encouragement to start involving a bicycle in your commute. The Mopac access road does have a nice, wide sidewalk, and the southwest corner of Braker and Mopac has newly installed pedestrian/bicycle-friendly cutouts.
Bicycle connections from nearby transit
- From the Kramer station: ~15 minutes from the station, using bike lanes on Kramer and cutting through the Domain to the Braker bike lane
- From the Pavilion Park & Ride: ~20 minutes down Jollyville Road
- From the 803 stop in the main Pickle campus: ~10 minutes on Braker
You can continue to bring your bike into the office (and you can use the showers on the first floor if it’s a particularly sticky ride!). Rather than attempting the revolving doors with your bike, try the south entrance’s sliding glass doors or the the north side’s ADA swing door. Use the ADA button to open it during normal hours. After business hours it is card-access only.
If you or your visitors don’t want to bring bikes up to the office, you can use the bike rack. It is on the east side, near a revolving door.
To enter the building: Visitors can enter the sliding glass doors at the south entrance any time before 5:00 p.m., and they can exit those doors any time before 7:00 p.m. Those doors lock at 7:00 p.m., so any visitor leaving after that time will need to be badged out one of the other doors (like a revolving door or the ADA swing door).
To get past the front desk: At the front desk is another set of sliding doors that are open until 4:30 p.m. If your visitors arrive after 4:30 but before 5:00, they can get in the building but will have to wait at the front desk to be badged in to reach the elevators.
Attached is a parking map for visitors. The quickest route to the Visitor Lots (both metered and UT-permit) is from the Mopac access road entrance. Visitors can use the entrance on Braker as well—they just have to drive around the perimeter to reach those lots.
The visitor parking situation breaks down like this:
- UT Visitors: if a UT affiliate is driving a car with a UT permit in it or a UT vehicle, they can use any of those Longhorn Lots–but they will need to pay the meter if they choose to park in the Pay & Display area.
- Non-UT Visitors: non-UT folks will need to either pay the meter in the Pay & Display area or park in the Longhorn Lots and display a visitor permit.
For visitors, WPR differs from UTA in one key way:
We have no way to validate parking. If a visitor parks and pays in the Pay & Display lot, we don’t have a mechanism or means to refund that.
So, if you are having visitors who don’t already have UT permits, and don’t want them to have to pay for parking, you’ll need to think ahead and arrange for visitor parking passes. We will need to purchase visitor parking passes (known as class VSP) that you can give your visitors to display on their dashboard if they park in the Longhorn Lots. Please email CTR-Admin at least 2 business days in advance of the visit to request visitor parking passes. Please include the names of the visitors and the purpose of the visit in your email. We do have to pay $4 for each and every visitor pass use, so we will be closely monitoring and potentially limiting visitor passes as needed.
Official Restrictions on Visitor Parking Passes
Class "VSP" permits are issued to university departments and are valid for only one day. The permit may be used in any surface parking space not designated “AT ALL TIMES”. It is not valid in ADA (unless a state issued ADA placard or plate is present), K, O, or meters.