New buildings offer new possibilities

Construction on campus nears completion

By Travis Hunter
On January 18, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
The Greenhouse construction pushes on. This multi-million dollar project is scheduled for completion in April.

ASU will create new opportunities for students this year as the construction of three buildings nears completion.

The new Archer College of Health and Human Services building and the Biology Department’s greenhouse will cease construction in January and April of 2018 respectively, while a new addition to Centennial Village will be completed in July, Director of Facilities Planning and Construction Cody Guins said.

The Archer College of Health and Human Services building will provide students with hands-on experience to enhance their education.

"With the increased space acquired, we can enhance not only our students’ learning experiences by including on-campus standardized patient experiences," Department Chair and Program Director of the Department of Nursing Dr. Wrennah Gabbert said of the $26.3 million project. "Students, faculty and staff can be proud of the state-of-the-art facility that has been built with current and future students’ needs in mind."

The $1.95 million greenhouse will not only be utilized by students and faculty for research and lab projects, but it will also allow ASU to host events for the community including garden clubs and even school tours, biology professor Dr. Bonnie Amos said.

"It is really not set up as a classroom per se, but faculty can take classes to the greenhouse to see plants that do not grow in this area or use plants to demonstrate special adaptations," Amos said. "Living plants are so much easier and fun to study than pressed, dried specimens or plants preserved in some stinky fixative."

The $14.5 million addition to Centennial Village, which will be completed before the fall semester of 2018, will expand the living quarters for students by 160 beds.

"This new wing is configured like the rest of the complex with both two-bedroom, one-bath units and four-bedroom, two-bath units," said Director of Housing and Residential Programs Tracy Baker. "Residents will find that style will blend nicely with the existing complex and the addition of more private bedrooms on campus will allow us to accommodate students’ requests for private spaces. We would like to thank the amazing residents of Centennial Village who have been so very supportive of construction in their front yard."

The companies contracted with the construction of the Archer College of Health and Human Services Building, the greenhouse, and the addition to Centennial Village were Western Builders of Amarillo, Mid-Tex of Midland, and Whiting-Turner of San Antonio respectively.

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