What $50 Million in New Construction Brings to Angelo State University's Campus
SAN ANGELO, TX – Construction at Angelo State University is changing San Angelo’s skyline again. Steel girders now outline the new press box facility at the La Grande Stadium on the corner of Jackson and University Street across from the Junell Center.
ASU President Dr. Brian May says the $4 million addition to the stadium is only one of many ASU upgrades. “The press box project includes new restrooms and concessions. The press box itself won’t be complete until December 1st, but we are hoping the new restrooms and concessions are complete by August.”
The funds for the press box have been made available through an anonymous donor. In addition, construction is almost complete on the visitor’s restrooms and concessions. They should be ready by August 1st.
ASU students and athletes may be most excited about the new track surface. “We are resurfacing the track in ASU colors; ASU gold lanes with blue stripes,” May said. The track resurfacing is also slated to be completed by August 1st.
ASU is currently undergoing in excess of $50 million in construction projects. The mall, which runs the length of the campus from east to west, is being resurfaced as well. May stated that ASU is replacing the 20 year old concrete walkway with smooth concrete.
For the first time in 20 years, ASU is getting new classroom space. The Archer Health and Human services building is scheduled for completion by February of 2018. The Archer building is over 56,000 sq. ft. and will have classroom and administrative offices for the College of Health and Human Services including Nursing, Doctor of Physical Therapy, athletic training, Kinesiology, social work, applied psychology and counseling.
By September 2018, 162 new dorm beds in the Centennial Dorm expansion should be ready for occupancy.
“We’re adding new and repairing the old.” May said of the $50 million, “Most of that is State funding. We don’t have to use tuition and fee money for construction.”
The Hunter Strain Engineering laboratories will also see a $4 million renovation project which will add 11,000 sq. ft. to the existing Vincent building. The new construction will bring four new labs, new restrooms, office and support spaces to the current building.
May added that they are also replacing existing landscaping with xeriscaping while preserving ASU’s trees. The xeriscaping is part of ASU’s 20 and 30 year maintenance programs.