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Regents Approve Action
On $30 Million in Projects

Action was taken on Sam Houston State University projects totaling almost $30 million during a meeting of the university's board of regents Friday in Beaumont.

The projects are in various stages, from design to awarding of contracts, with work to begin as soon as January 2003 and extending as long into the future in one instance as June 2005.

The projects and the action taken include:

  • Approval of preliminary plans prepared by Watkins Hamilton Ross Architects, Inc. of Houston for the $18 million renovation and addition to the Farrington Science Building, with work to start in September 2003 and completion scheduled for June 2005.

  • Employment of LAN/Leo A. Daly of Houston to design a baseball/softball, dressing room/athletic complex to be located between Bowers Stadium and Sycamore St. The project is expected to cost about $4 million, with construction expected to begin in September 2003 and completion in June 2005.

  • Employment of Courtney Harper & Partners of Houston to design the renovation of the eight residence halls known as Sorority Hill, with an estimated project cost of $1.2 million, and Jackson Shaver Hall, with an estimated project cost of $2 million. The Sorority Hill work will be done in the summer of 2003, with Jackson Shaver out of service for the summer and fall.

  • Approval of preliminary plans for the South Campus dining facility as prepared by Brown Reynolds Watford Architects of College Station, for the $2 million project, with construction expected to begin in February 2003 and completion in October 2003.

  • Approval of preliminary plans for an addition to the Teacher Education Center, as prepared by PDG Architects of Houston, for the $1.25 million addition to house a counseling clinic and offices for a new doctorate in counseling education. Construction is scheduled to begin in June 2003 with completion about July 2004.

  • Approval of preliminary plans for renovation of Gresham Library space, as prepared by Molina Walker Architects, Inc. of Houston, which will reconfigure the Learning Assistance Area for offices and archival material storage. The project estimated at $800,000 is expected to begin in June 2003 with completion in December 2003.

  • Award of a contract to Intex United of Houston for construction of campus signage, at a cost of $447,000, to begin in January 2003 and to be competed prior to the 2003 fall semester.

James A. Gaertner, Sam Houston State University president, presented the recommended actions to the regents for their approval during their quarterly meeting on the campus of Lamar University.

The Texas State University System regents govern the campuses of Angelo, Lamar, Sam Houston, Southwest Texas and Sul Ross state universities.

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Nov. 8, 2002
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