Student Health Center will break ground in October

The new Student Health and Counseling Center is projected to begin their active construction phase Oct. 21, according to Denise Neu, director of facilities planning and construction at the physical plant.

In March, the Sam Houston State University physical plant selected Tellepsen Construction Company, out of Houston for the project, according Neu.

“They were the best qualified for the job,” Neu said.

Neu said they will begin mobilizing the construction site Oct. 14. According to Drew Miller, director of the counseling center, this means they will be putting up fencing and mobile buildings and bringing in the rest of the materials.

Students passed a referendum in fall 2012 to raise the student health fee to pay for the building. The referendum raised the fee $37, from $38 to $75. The fee increase went into place in spring 2013.

The new building will offer new services to students such as same-day appointments, a 24-hour nursing and counseling hotline, and an expanded pharmacy. The new 28,000 square-foot building will house health services and the counseling center.

The building is expected to be ready for the fall 2014 students to be able to use.

Tellepsen has been around for more than a century. According to the company’s website, their commitment is to “build the highest quality structure with the best possible experience for all involved.”

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