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July 2004

Release Date: July 15, 2004

Texan Hall Receives National Honor for Planning, Design

Texan Hall, Angelo State University's apartment-style residence complex that opened last August, has been named a "Project of Distinction" in the June edition of College Planning & Management magazine.

The ASU residence hall was one of 32 campus facilities nationwide recognized in the magazine's Education Design Showcase as providing both innovative and practical solutions in planning, design and construction. Only seven residence halls nationally were included among the various structures selected by the magazine.

The $18.6 million Texan Hall was designed by Craycroft Price Architects of Dallas to provide a living and learning environment for 512 student residents. Texan Hall, with 167,811 gross square feet of floor space, is located on campus adjacent to the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

College Planning & Management said Texan Hall succeeded in meeting its objective "to create a community that was ideal for promoting interaction and socialization, while providing privacy and an academically oriented environment."

Each floor of the three-story hall includes a study room, multipurpose lounge, laundry facilities and apartment-style units with individual bedrooms for occupants of each suite. Shared features of the facility are a central reception area, multipurpose meeting space for 150 persons and an 80-seat, tiered mini theater as well as office space, storage rooms and vending areas.

The magazine noted that "the building elevations combine the overall feel of traditional collegiate architecture with modern functionality, creating a design harmonious with the existing campus, but modern enough to assist in the recruitment and retention of students." Branham, a San Angelo resident, took top honors in that competition against 14 other top graduate students from some of the nation's most prestigious graduate and land grant institutions.