2014 SHSU construction projects on track

Several Sam Houston State University projects listed in the 2014 Texas State University System Capital Improvements program remain on schedule despite the inability of the Texas Legislature to pass tuition revenue bonds to fund the projects, according to university officials.

Designs for the 2,400 square-foot Sycamore Vivarium, awarded to the JT Vaughn Construction Company, will begin in late 2013.

The building will serve as a shell space for future expansions for Biological Sciences, according to Denise Neu, director of facilities planning and construction. Neu said the $1.5 million project is being paid for in TSUS bonds, which have not been awarded yet.

Campus infrastructure and maintenance repair began earlier this year that is partially funded from Higher Education Assistance Funds (HEAF).

According to Neu, these repairs have been ongoing and include upgrades to existing infrastructure such as roofing, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Neu said $2.8 million of the project’s $3.75 million is funded through HEAF, while the rest is funded through auxiliary or unexpended funds.

The demolition of Allen, Adams, Park Hill and Barrett houses is scheduled for fall 2014 to make way for a new nursing and biology building. The TSUS program details allocate additional HEAF funding for the construction.

Bowers Stadium is scheduled for improvements to its west side in 2015. This project includes new concessions and restrooms, a gift shop and Athletic Memorabilia display, club seating and enhanced game day operations, according to Neu. This project will cost $20 million, and the athletics department is currently starting a fundraising campaign to fund it.

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