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Construction to begin on a University Events Center

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In order to provide appropriate facilities to maintain student growth, the Texas State University Board of Regents approved a $62.5 million construction project of a University Events Center to fulfill student needs.

The construction for the project will begin in November 2016, and it will include additional space for Strahan Coliseum, said Thomas Shewan, associate vice president for facilities at Texas State.

The center will expand an additional 81,000 gross square feet and add 1,748 seats to the complex for multi-use purposes including Commencement ceremonies, Convocations and athletic events.

“With the additional space, there should be more room for students and families during major events,” Shewan said. “The university desperately needs additional space for Commencement and Convocation. The additional 1,748 seats will address some of this need.”

This project will also assess increased space for athletic locker rooms and offices, and provide additional parking.

With major ceremonies, events and current athletic offices being relocated from Jowers Center to the UEC, Jowers will be used for academic purposes only.

This specific project is being funded by Athletic’s Department Reserves and Higher Education Funds and is expected to cost $62.5 million.

The Denver-based architect firm, Sink Combs Dethlefs, are the designers of the UEC.

The development for the project was submitted for approval by the Board of Regents in Aug., and the project was approved by the board in the Aug. 18 System meeting.

The UEC project is expected to be completed by October 2018.

Shewan said his hopes for this project will be improved commencement, convocation and Athletic experience, as well as enhance campus community pride.

With Texas State’s rapid growth, the expansion of the UEC will provide more more space and support to the student population and help sustain student growth, Shewan said.

According to the university, Texas State is ranked the fourth largest student body in Texas with nearly 38,000 students recorded for the fall year of 2015.

The university is in the process of projecting other facilities and developments all around campus. The UEC project is only one of the many projects that are being created to improve the university to complement the collegiate experience. Several of the university projects are in different stages of development, and altogether combined, represent over $659 million in current and future investment.