UT Tyler Office of Marketing and Communications

MEDIA ADVISORY: UT Tyler TxAIRE Homes Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

November 15, 2011

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
903.565.5769 or 903.539.7196 (cell)

The University of Texas at Tyler’s Texas Allergy, Indoor Environment and Energy Institute officials will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the TxAIRE Homes project at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 on the Tyler campus’ west entrance, John J. Vasselli, TxAIRE executive director, announced.

The event will feature Jonathan W. Taylor, director of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, which awarded UT Tyler a grant to establish the institute and monies for the homes’ construction.

“We are extremely happy with the project and believe that what we are demonstrating here will have a significant impact upon how houses are built and operated,” said Vasselli.

More than 50 local companies have participated in the design and construction of the TxAIRE houses, while technology products from more than 35 Texas-based companies are showcased within the two, he added. Construction began in June.

 The program will be as follows:

  • 1:30 p.m. Opening – Vasselli.
  • 1:35 p.m. Remarks – UT Tyler President Rodney H. Mabry.
  • 1:40 p.m. TxAIRE Homes – Taylor (Remarks about the importance of the TxAIRE Institute and project and its positive affect on ‘green’ building sciences).
  • 1:50 p.m. Ribbon Cutting (on site).

For more information or interviews, contact Hannah Buchanan, 903.565.5769/903.539.7196.  

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