Texas State University System (TSUS) regents approved the design of a $47.7 million undergraduate academic center Friday, moving ahead with the 130,000-square-foot facility at the university’s south gateway.
The structure will be built at the intersection of Guadalupe and Wood Streets, across from the Evans Liberal Arts Building on the site of an existing parking lot. Construction is expected to be completed in the 2012 fall semester. The university expects to open the center in time for the 2013 spring semester.
The university said the new building will bring key student support services under one roof. The center also will house the departments of psychology, political science and sociology.
The building also will house the university’s Personalized Academic and Career Exploration (PACE) Center, a new initiative at Texas State designed to enable freshmen to focus their academic and career goals by assessing their interests and abilities, exploring the future of the work world, and choosing appropriate pathways and opportunities. PACE will serve as a one-stop location for personalized freshman advising, career planning and mentoring.
The university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (associated with the university’s reaffirmation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), the University College, University Seminar and the Texas Success Initiative Program also will make their homes in the new facility.
A classroom wing will include general classrooms on three levels and a coffee house at the Bobcat Mall gateway entrance of the building.
Construction of the Undergraduate Academic Center will be funded primarily through tuition revenue bonds, with additional funding coming from Higher Education Assistance Funds and auxiliary enterprise reserves.
The TSUS regents met Thursday and Friday in Beaumont on the campus of Lamar University.
The Texas State University System is the oldest multi-campus system in Texas, comprised of Texas State, Lamar University, Sam Houston State University, Sul Ross State University, Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College-Orange and Lamar State College-Port Arthur.Email | Print