Brief planning story from Cecelia Lopez of UT-Austin:
"By voting in support of the referendum to build the SAC, students agreed to pay a $65 fee per semester to fund the costs of the $48 million construction project.
The University broke ground on the SAC in January 2009 and opened its doors in January 2011, providing 149,000 square feet for students to meet, study, and socialize, and creating an additional cultural, academic, and social hub for campus. The SAC stayed true to the idea of “modus operandis” behind college unions, that which suggests student self-government with staff aid. The SAC involved students from day one, engaging students in choosing wall colors, and furnishings, and participating in design meetings with architects."