TWU regents approve construction projects

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Updates to Guinn and Stark halls at Texas Woman’s University will continue next spring, as the TWU Board of Regents approved allocating $1.5 million for the project in a meeting Friday.

The regents also approved a contract between TWU and Key Custom Homes Inc. to construct a new University House.

While the residence halls project would not start until May, Richard Nicholas, vice president of student life, said this will give the university time to bid the job and hire a contractor.

“Partly, we need to do this because of the age of the buildings, and partly to continuously improve the spaces that our students live in,” he said.

The project will renovate the dorm rooms on five to seven floors of the residence halls, depending on the costs, Nicholas said.

This past summer, crews renovated three floors in Guinn Hall.

On each floor, crews will replace the floors and remove the built-in furniture, refinish the walls and change out light fixtures, Nicholas said.

“It’s not a special project, just ongoing improvement for the largest residence halls,” he said.

Currently, there are about a dozen floors that need to undergo the renovations, but because the spaces are partially occupied in the summer, there is no way to renovate all of the floors at that time, Nicholas said.

Another construction project is on the horizon for TWU, as the regents also approved a $500,000 contract between the school and Key Custom Homes for the construction of the new University House.

Details of the contract, which was signed Sept. 4, were not immediately available.

In June, regents approved demolishing the University House and building a new home in its place.

In a previous interview, Brenda Floyd, vice president of finance and administration, said the university hoped to have the new house completed by the end of spring 2014.

The house was demolished Sept. 23 and 24, after local and state historical groups tried to preserve the 59-year-old structure.

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @JennaFDuncan.


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