Official: Construction will be challenging but worth it for campus
Three construction projects are scheduled to start by the end of the year at Texas Woman’s University.
During a Board of Regents meeting Thursday, B.J. Crain, the interim vice president of finance and administration, said the amount of construction on campus will be challenging, but the changes are necessary.
“There is a huge amount of construction going on, on this campus,” she told the board. “Progress is great, but there’s going to be some inconveniences as we’re getting to the end result.”
Updates to the University Laboratory Building along Bell Avenue are set to begin in July and be completed in April 2018. The updates will change science lab space into band rehearsal and art studio rooms.
Planning has started for the Science and Technology Learning Center, a new building that was funded in the last session of the Texas Legislature. Construction is set to begin in September 2018, and the center is planned to open in April 2020.
In September, construction on the 600-space West Parking Garage and on Jones Hall will begin. The parking garage will be in the 1200 block of Oakland Street and will replace existing surface lots.
The Jones Hall renovations are designed to accommodate the move of Student Health Services into the building.
Currently, student health is in Hubbard Hall.
Hubbard Hall must be renovated so the student union can move there from its present location. Construction on Jones Hall is scheduled for March 2018, and move in will be October 2018. Construction on Hubbard Hall will start March 2018.
“One of the fallouts of progress is you have to move a lot of the players around, so to renovate Hubbard Hall we’re having to move all of the people out of that building,” Crain said.
The board approved all of the projects, and plans for areas of campus like where the golf course is located were not discussed.
Also at the meeting, the group voted on who would become the next leaders of the board. Mary Pincoffs Wilson, the current chairwoman, will leave the board when her six-year term expires at the end of February.
Now, Anna Maria Farias, a San Antonio-based attorney, will serve as chairwoman and Nolan Perez, a doctor in the Rio Grande Valley, will serve as vice chairman for the next two years.
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