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May 24th, 2010
Regents approve residence design plans


Texas State University System (TSUS) regents approved the design development documents last week for a $46 million north campus housing complex project at Texas State.

The project, designed by Kirksey Architects of Houston, originally was estimated at approximately $63 million as part of the campus master plan adopted by the regents in May 2005. The cost savings are a results of current conditions and construction techniques.

The complex will be a 612-bed traditional student residence facility to be centrally located on campus near the LBJ Student Center at the corner of Comanche Street and Sessom Drive. The new facility will provide replacement beds for the planned demolition of antiquated student housing to make way for the Performing Arts Complex and other academic buildings.

Regents last week also authorized Texas State to extend a current foodservice contract with Chartwells.

Originally bid in 1998 and extended in 2004 through 2013, the extension will run until 2023 at no increase in cost. A total of $11,814,000 in capital funds will be allocated for an array of dining hall renovations, including the opening of a new full-service restaurant in the LBJ Student Center on campus.

In addition, Chartwells will make in-kind donations and cash contributions totaling $1,820,000 during the extension.

The regents also authorized Texas State to enter into a contract with ASI Campus Laundry Solutions to provide apartment and residence hall laundry machines and service.

The contract will run for 10 years beginning July 1, at a cost to the university not to exceed $194,500 per year. The contract “piggybacks” on the University of Texas  laundry program contract, which allows other state institutions of higher education to participate in the program for enhanced cost savings.

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