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Participating in the groundbreaking for an undergraduate academic center at Texas State were, left to right, Texas State University College Dean Ron Brown, Texas State University System Chancellor Brian McCall, Texas State President Denise Trauth, Texas State Provost Perry Moore, Texas State College of Liberal Arts Dean Ann Marie Ellis, State Senator Jeff Wentworth, State Representative Patrick Rose, and Texas State University System Student Regent Chris Covo. Texas State photo.

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Texas State held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Undergraduate Academic Center last week at the Nueces Building Mall on the university campus.

Texas State University System (TSUS) regents approved the design of the $47.7 million center last November, clearing the way for 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 architects/engineers for the project are Morris Architects & Ayers Saint Gross. The general contractor is Flintco.

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