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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Video: Restoring Austin Hall

Work continues on the $2 million restoration of the inside and out of the Austin College Building. As SHSU's oldest academic building, the 160-year-old structure has weathered quite a bit, especially since the fire thirty years ago that destroyed Old Main. KBTX-TV highlights what's being done in their recent story from Huntsville.  Completion is scheduled for May.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Gaertner Performing Arts Center Wins Construction Award

You gotta love it when it a building wins an award. More so, when the construction team wins for their work. Today@Sam reports that SpawGlass’s work on the Gaertner Performing Arts Center was recently recognized by the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.:
 ...the project...has earned [SpawGlass]  a national Pyramid Award in the institutional category of ABC’s Excellence in Construction Awards. SpawGlass representatives received the award February 22 during the 22nd annual Excellence in Construction Awards celebration at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix.

“This project is an outstanding example of the innovation and commitment to superior craftsmanship that embody merit shop construction,” said Michael D. Bellaman, ABC president and CEO.

This was the second construction award in recent months recognizing SpawGlass's work on the Gaertner Performing Arts Center. In October 2011, the company was presented the ICE Award for the Center by ABC of Greater Houston. The award is given to the "Best of Houston" project that best represents the industry.

In 2009, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Building – another SpawGlass project – won the Award of Excellence in Texas Construction magazine's Best of 2009 competition.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Student Health Center asks SGA for Help

The March 6 edition of the Houstonian discussed the representatives from the Student Health and Counseling Center speaking to the Student Government Association on proposed resolutions:
Drew Miller, Ph. D, executive director of Student Counseling and Health Services, and Sarah Hanel, Director of Student Health Center, presented the Senate with ideas to expand their facilities and combine their services. With a growing student population, the Student Health and Counseling Center are experiencing overcrowding and are having to turn away students on a daily basis with a lack of staff and facilities.

The SHC is due for expansion during the 2013 fiscal year. The expansion will allow for the building of a drive-thru/walk-thru pharmacy, psychiatry/mental health and a wing dedicated to women's health services. There is no request for an increase in student fees at this point.