Release Date: August 10, 2007
Master Plan Implementation Moving Forward at Angelo State
The face of Angelo State University will be changing in the coming months as the university moves full speed into implementing initial phases of the Centennial Master Plan.
The first visible sign of the change will be signs themselves. Second, construction will resume on Centennial Village on the west side of campus with completion of the new 526-bedroom residence hall scheduled for 2008. Third, some campus buildings, including one of the high rises, are being slated for demolition.
John H. Russell, ASU’s director of facilities planning and construction, said implementation of a comprehensive signage project will begin the week of Aug. 13 and end by the middle of October. First phase of the three-phase project will be installation of way finding signs for pedestrians and identification signage on academic, administrative, service and recreational buildings.
Second phase of the signage project will include the installation of parking lot and vehicular way finding signs. The first two phases will be completed by Sept. 1. Phase three of the project will include boundary signs, additional vehicular signage and primary identification signs that will be located at the five major access points on campus. The final phase of the project is slated for completion in October.
Contractor for the $550,000 signage project is Intex Inc. of Houston.
Construction on Centennial Village will begin this month with some preliminary survey and site work and then move into full swing in September, Russell said. As part of the preliminary work, Rosemont Drive will be closed to provide a construction staging area. Detour signs and barricades will go up the week of Aug. 20 with the road closed off between West Avenue N and Shamrock by Aug. 27.
Lee Lewis Construction Inc. of Lubbock will serve as the construction manager for the more than $21 million residence hall project.
While Centennial Village is going up some buildings will be coming down. Two vacant residence halls – Mayer Hall and Runnels Hall – are slated for demolition beginning this fall. Asbestos abatement programs will be conducted before each is demolished.
Additionally, the vacant University Hall, the southern high rise on campus, will be scheduled to come down next year. The abatement project that is a part of that demolition job will be one of the largest in the state, Russell said. Abatement could begin as early as December and will require up to four months to complete.
Signs have been placed outside each of the vacant residence halls to inform the public about their status. As additional construction or demolition projects are confirmed, information will be conveyed to the public.
Russell said the university will keep the community informed of upcoming projects through signs, news releases and the master plan Website so the public can watch the changing face of ASU. The Website is accessible at http://www.angelo.edu/masterplan.