Contractor to begin site mobilization near O.A. Grant Building

OA Grant Humanities

Tarleton State University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 8, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Construction at the O.A. Grant Humanities Building is scheduled to begin this April, subject to approval of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, expected March 27.

Austin-based Kiewit Building Group will begin mobilizing at the site with the delivery of its office trailer on Monday, Feb. 11. Also, three parking spaces in lot P-7 on the “island” adjacent to Moody Hall and the Trogdon House have been designated for contractors.

Constructed in 1973, plans call for the 40-year-old facility to be rehabilitated to keep up-to-date with current educational needs and trends. The renovation and expansion of the O.A. Grant Building will modernize and expand space, improve energy efficiency and create environments that are secure and will enhance learning for all students.

The project will rehabilitate approximately 12,000 square feet of space and add two additional floors above the existing auditoriums, increasing the area by approximately 30,840 square feet.

The project addition will provide new and modernized spaces, including: University Writing Center, learning and collaboration spaces, Department of Communication Studies suite, Texan TV News studio and media convergence center, public relations and event management space, video podcast rooms, student meeting spaces, and offices for the dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. An outdoor plaza, complete with a tiered-seating amphitheater, is also included as part of the project to provide outdoor classroom space in the area of the existing grassy knoll.

The O.A. Grant Building rehabilitation will include some hazardous material abatement in renovated areas, handicap access upgrades and building systems upgrades as needed. Exterior to the building, the project will make needed utility modifications including burying an existing overhead electrical line that serves the facility. The project will also provide a new emergency generator.

The current schedule calls for substantial completion of the O.A. Grant Humanities Building in June 2014. The total project budget is $13,671,700, covered by Permanent University Funds granted to Tarleton from the state.

Regular construction updates will be provided to the campus community as they are made available.

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Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Kurt Mogonye
254-968-9460
mogonye@tarleton.edu

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