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University looks forward five years

Tarleton State University

Thursday, May 22, 2014

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Two open forums were held May 20—one for the general public and one for the campus community—to discuss growth and construction projects on the Stephenville campus for the next five years.

Representatives from Broaddus Planning, whom the university has engaged to help coordinate and formulate the near-term Campus Development Plan, conducted the forums. The sessions were intended to solicit ideas and comments and update the public on space needs and possible construction.

“The major thrust of the planning is to identify logical sites for the next few academic buildings, student residence halls and, potentially, parking garages,” said Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio.

Andrew Broderick, project planner for Broaddus, and Stephen Coulston, project executive, both from Broaddus, identified six areas of need: academic space; student housing; athletics, recreation and student life; parking; campus landscape; and infrastructure.

Academic space could include a new agriculture and engineering building, renovations or new facilities for engineering technology, renovating the Autry building, and additional space for the College of Business Administration.

Since Tarleton is “committed to maintaining a residential community,” Broderick said, there is a need to add 2,000 additional beds by 2020, which would require a number of new residence halls.

Under athletics and student life, Broderick spoke about the renovation and expansion of Memorial Stadium, including moving home seating to the west side and adding a new press box and suites. Other considerations in this area include an aquatics center, possible second dining hall and university art gallery.

Parking on a campus with limited physical space is always a challenge, Broderick said. A parking garage is one of the options being explored, as well as off-site parking and commuter buses.

Other significant developments include the potential demolition of Davis Hall and Bender and Ferguson residence halls and straightening Washington Street. Broaddus will also make recommendations on extending pedestrian zones, enhancing entry points and visual aesthetics, and maintaining green space.

Broaddus will conduct more information sessions on campus as the planning process continues. They plan to present a final proposal to the Tarleton administration by September.

Broaddus planners have also met with Stephenville city officials to discuss traffic and other issues related to Tarleton's growth.

View video, powerpoint, and information from the campus community forum on May 20th, 2014.


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

Contact: Joe Michael Feist

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