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Release Date: Nov. 20, 2008ASU Logo

Public Forums Set Dec. 4 for ASU Building Plans

Angelo State University’s Office of Facilities Planning and Construction will host both campus and community forums Dec. 4 to acquaint both audiences with construction projects planned for the university next year.

The session designed for the campus audience will begin at 2 p.m. that Thursday while the meeting for community members will follow at 7 p.m. Both sessions will be in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont.

John H. Russell, director of facilities, planning and construction, will present a PowerPoint presentation and then answer questions at each session.

“Our goal,” said Russell, “is to keep the campus and the community up to date on our construction projects and their potential impacts. We have more than a dozen major projects on the drawing board and more than twice that many smaller jobs. People will really begin to notice an increase in construction activity next year.”

In addition to buildings, the projects will include public art and enhanced landscaping. By policy of the Texas Tech University System, 1 percent of all construction projects is set aside for public art projects and another 1 percent for landscaping enhancements.

“As a result, people will begin to see more amenities that will enhance our appeal and reputation as a residential campus,” Russell said.

The first new construction project that will include public art and landscape enhancement is the renovation of the Hardeman Administration Building, beginning in the spring. The building will be converted into a one-stop student services center. Cost of the project is $12 million.

Other major projects will include demolition of University Hall, $1.2 million; creation of an information commons in the Porter Henderson Library, $4.27 million; Student Recreation Center, $7 million; Massie Hall expansion, $6.7 million; new residence hall, $40 million; Mayer Administration Building renovation, $9.1 million; Nursing and Allied Health Building, $40 million; campus modernization and expansion, $31.5 million; and Performing Arts Center, $42.3 million.