Business Building renovations nearing completion

COBA Renovations

Tarleton State University

Thursday, January 17, 2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton’s Business Building, home of the College of Business Administration, received a facelift during the winter break.

The $500,000 renovation began in mid-November and construction is expected to be complete within the next week, according to Tarleton’s Office of Planning, Design and Construction. The contractor is finishing minor cosmetic work and the installation of acoustic panels will be completed in the coming days.

Since its construction in 1985, the facility had not undergone any major renovations, said Dr. Adolfo Benavides, dean of the College of Business Administration (COBA). “It was due for a major facelift and it’s amazing what paint and new flooring can do to a building. The colors are lively and the new carpeting is more contemporary, yet professional in appearance,” he said.

New paint was applied throughout the business building after the contractor’s crew removed the existing vinyl wall coverings in the hallways. New ceramic tile was placed in the building’s entrances, restrooms and stairwells, and wood laminate was also added to replace the vinyl tile flooring near the main entrance. Classroom and office space carpeting was also replaced throughout the facility.

Prior to the renovation project, Benavides said the college gathered input from faculty, staff and students who, as a committee, selected the color scheme for the new flooring and paint. At the request of students, a former storage area on the second floor was converted to a student lounge.

In the coming weeks, Benavides said, plans call for a stock market and financial data LED ticker tape in the building’s foyer, along with the addition of wood paneling. “Our hope is to also include an interactive display where students can access information about organizational meetings and COBA events,” he said.

Costs for renovations to the College of Business Administration building were paid for using Permanent University Funds granted to Tarleton.

Additional construction on campus will begin in May 2013 to expand the O. A. Grant Building and renovate the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center.


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

Contact: Kurt Mogonye

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