Preliminary plans for the construction of a new $8.5 million General Classroom Building at Sam Houston State University were approved Friday by the university's governing board. The Austin architectural firm of Graeber, Simmons and Cowan presented the preliminary plans and were directed to prepare detailed plans and specifications for bidding and construction contract award at a future board meeting, possibly in February 2000. Construction on the site formerly occupied by Departmental Dorms could start in the spring of 2000 and is expected to take 18 months to two years for completion. Plans for occupancy of its 61,070 feet of space include the Departments of History, Library Science and Psychology, the Academic Enrichment Center, a Computer Services lab, a testing center, the Honors Program, classrooms, and lecture hall.
SHSU was also authorized to employ Molina Walker Architects, Inc. of Houston to design a metal building for the industrial technology program. With an estimated project cost of $600,000, the new building will replace the existing Woods Laboratory, which was built in 1945, and another building that dates to 1910-1915. The old buildings have such defects as a cracked concrete slab and inadequate heating, cooling, ventilation and electrical capacity. The new building will be near the Agricultural Mechanization Center Building and will contain approximately 8,000 square feet.
Also in the construction area, preliminary plans for a $299,000 metal building for use in the Agricultural Mechanization Center, also prepared by the Molina Walker Architect firm, were approved.