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MAP: A bill sent to Gov. Greg Abbott would authorize Texas State University to sell up to $63 million in tuition revenue bonds to fund construction of an engineering and sciences building on Comanche Street in San Marcos.

by MATTHEW WATKINS

AUSTIN — After a long wait, dozens of new buildings could soon be coming to university campuses across Texas. That’s thanks to legislation sent to Gov. Greg Abbott on Saturday.

By a 26-5 vote, the Senate approved the conference committee report on House Bill 100 on Saturday, one day after the House did the same. The legislation authorizes $3.1 billion worth of construction bonds.

The bill’s approval is a relief to higher education leaders, who listed the bonds as one of their top priorities this session. Traditionally, the Legislature has approved a new batch of the bonds every other session. But that hasn’t happened since 2006.

In 2013, the bonds had bipartisan support, but the bill authorizing them never made it out of conference committee. This time, there was no such drama. The versions of the bill the House and Senate passed were always close, and lawmakers never expressed any worry about working the details out.

The bonds are for specific projects, and most of those projects are designed and ready to be built. In most cases, the schools will have to contribute some of their own money to pay for the buildings. Here’s a list of what each school will be able to issue, and what those projects will go toward:

Texas A&M University – Commerce, $48 million for a nursing and health sciences building.

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, $60 million for a life sciences research and engineering building.

Texas A&M University – Kingsville, $60 million for an educational complex.

Texas A&M University – Texarkana, $32 million for an academic and student services building.

West Texas A&M University, $38 million for an agricultural sciences complex and $7.3 million for the renovation of the Amarillo Center.

Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, $72 million for a dental clinic facility at the Baylor College of Dentistry and $72 million for the construction of a multidisciplinary research and education facility in Bryan.

Texas A&M International University, $55 million for library renovations through the addition of instructional and support spaces.

Prairie View A&M University, $29 million for a fabrication center and capital improvements.

Tarleton State University, $54 million for an applied sciences building and $40 million for a “southwest metroplex” building in Tarrant County.

Texas A&M University, $75 million for a biocontainment research facility.

Texas A&m University at Galveston, $60 million for a classroom and laboratory facility and campus infrastructure.

Texas A&M University – Central Texas, $36 million for construction of a multipurpose building.

Texas A&M University – San Antonio, $63 million for a science and technology building and campus infrastructure.

University of Texas at Austin, $75 million for the renovation of Robert A. Welch Hall.

University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley, $36 million for a multipurpose academic building in Brownsville and $31 million for an interdisciplinary engineering academic studies building in Edinburg.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, $80 million for construction and renovation of a vivarium and laboratory facilities.

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, $80 million for facility renewal and renovation.

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, $70 million for construction of the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan building.

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, $68 million for a health education center.

University of Texas at Arlington, $70 million for a science education, innovation and research building.

University of Texas at Dallas, $70 million for an engineering building.

University of Texas at El Paso, $70 million for an interdisciplinary research facility.

University of Texas at San Antonio, $70 million for construction of an instructional science and engineering building.

University of Texas at Tyler, $60 million for construction of a STEM building.

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, $80 million for the renovation and modernization of educational and research facilities.

University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, $15 million for the renovation and modernization of educational and research facilities.

University of Texas of the Permian Basin, $48 million for construction of engineering and kinesiology buildings.

University of Houston, $63 million for construction of a health and biomedical sciences center and $54 million for construction of a new academic building in Sugar Land.

University of Houston – Clear Lake, $25 million for construction of a health sciences and classroom building in Pearland and $54 million for construction of a STEM and classroom building.

University of Houston – Downtown, $60 million for construction of a science and technology building.

University of Houston – Victoria, $60 million for academic expansion and land acquisition.

The University of Houston System, $47 million for land acquisition for construction of a building in the Katy area.

Lamar University, $60 million for a science building.

Lamar State College – Orange, $10 million for a multipurpose education building.

Lamar State College – Port Arthur, $8 million for expansion of technology program facilities.

Lamar Institute of Technology, $12.5 million for construction and renovation of technical arts buildings.

Texas State University, $63 million for an engineering and sciences building and $49 million for a health professions building in Round Rock.

Sam Houston State University, $48 million for a biology laboratory building.

Sul Ross State University, $6 million for renovation and modernization of educational and related facilities and infrastructure.

The University of North Texas System, $56 million for renovation of college of law buildings.

University of North Texas, $70 million for construction and renovation of visual arts and design facilities.

University of North Texas at Dallas, $63 million for a student learning and success center.

University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, $80 million for an interdisciplinary research building.

Texas Woman’s University, $38 million for laboratory buildings.

Midwestern State University, $58 million for an academic expansion and revitalization project.

Stephen F. Austin State University, $46 million for a STEM building.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, $60 million for Lubbock education, research and technology facilities, $14 million for a Permian Basin academic facility and $6 million for construction of the Amarillo Panhandle Clinical/Hospital Simulation.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso, $75 million for construction of the El Paso Medical Science Building II.

Texas Tech University, $70 million for an experimental sciences high tech interdisciplinary research building.

Angelo State University, $21 million for a College of Health and Human Services building.

Texas Southern University, $60 million for a new library.

Texas State Technical College – West Texas, $12 million for an industrial technology center.

Texas State Technical College – Harlingen, $3.8 million for phase II of the Engineering Technology Center renovation.

Texas State Technical College – Waco, $15 million for construction of the Fort Bend Campus Building #2

Texas State Technical College – Marshall, $11 million for the purchase and renovation of the North Texas Technology Center.

MATTHEW WATKINS reports for The Texas Tribune where this story was originally published. It is made available here through a news partnership between the Texas Tribune and the San Marcos Mercury.

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