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Sunday, February 21, 2016

February 2016 Regents Report

Today@Sam has their report on the quarterly meeting of the Texas State University System Board of Regents:



  • The Regents authorized SHSU to establish the Sam Houston State University Charter School, effective August 2016, subject to review and final approval by the appropriate system authorities.
  • SHSU was authorized to purchase the property located at 815 15th Street in Huntsville for $200,000. 

The planning and construction executive summary also provides the following news:

I. Project Planning & Programming

1) North Residential District

Programming is complete on Phase 2 of the North Residential District for the additional beds needed per the 2012 Master Plan Update. It will include another residence hall on the north side for 600 beds with both single and shared units. The 500 car parking structure project has been relocated to the center of campus immediately west of the Bernard Johnson Coliseum to accommodate more pressing parking requirements and will be removed from this project’s scope.

2) North Residential District Parking Structure

Programming is complete for the 500 car parking structure as an alternate to surface parking for the North Residential District. This also includes space for a future Transportation office.

3) Coliseum Parking Structure

Programming is complete for the 500 car parking structure to be located adjacent to the Bernard Johnson Coliseum. This will address the ADA issues to the Coliseum as well as alleviate the parking congestion on the south side of campus.

4) CMIT/LEMIT/PRC Facility & Infrastructure

Correction Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) and Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) are expanding their services to the law enforcement community throughout the state and nation. These activities are located in the George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center (Beto CJC) where Sam Houston State University's Criminal Justice (CJ) academic program is housed. By relocating the non-academic programs off campus, SHSU's Criminal Justice College will be able to expand as anticipated. The Police Research Center (PRC) has been a long-term endeavor to develop a comprehensive police information management system, the Criminal Research, Information Management, and Evaluation System (CRIMES), which also be located in the new facility. Programming was approved in November 2013. The project will be located north of main campus on 78 acres which were transferred by Texas Department Criminal Justice to TSUS for the use of Sam Houston State University in the 83rd Legislative Session. This parcel has been master planned with this project being part of the first phase.

5) Gibbs Ranch Equine Arena

The project was previously included in the FY2014-2019 CIP as Gibbs Ranch Ag Arena. Due to the specialized need for program specific functionality the project was separated from the existing Capital Improvements Program project. The new facility will support the academic growth in equestrian and animal sciences, as the Department of Agricultural and Industrial Sciences continues to set enrollment records. Equine Science is one of the more rapidly growing areas and currently serves as an optional minor for students. Programming was approved in June 2014 and this project is part of the Capital Campaign for funding.

6) Gibbs Ranch Plant Science Field Lab

The project is envisioned as a replacement facility for the existing Horticulture operations currently at the I-45 Ag Complex, and provides opportunity for growth of departmental capabilities to better serve students. It consolidates greenhouses, shared classroom/research lab space, and a series of gardens and exterior amenities totaling 8,500 gross square feet and 7,500 square feet respectively. The architectural program was approved in April 2012 and the project is awaiting funding.

7) I-45 Recreational Complex

This project originally combined athletics and recreational sports into the existing Agriculture campus and Holleman field areas; however, budget estimates did not align with University projected budgets. Therefore, the programming restarted with only the recreational components included and the project is being reprogrammed in phases. Programming was approved in August 2013 and is being used to support the Capital Campaign. The project is on hold pending funding.

8) Lowman Student Center Addition
Programmer: Facilities Programming and Consulting Est. Cost: $35,000,000
Programming began on June 22, 2012 to expand and selectively renovate the Lowman

Student Center to provide additional space for the services and activities that support student life. The expansion is planned to be located on the Smith-Kirkley Hall site. The October 2012 student referendum vote was successful for this project. Programming is complete and was approved in January 2013. The Feasibility study is complete and approved. Solicitations for design and contractor are nearing completion.

9) Thomason Building Re-Purpose
Programmer: Facilities Programming and Consulting Est. Cost: $8,100,000
The existing occupants will be moving to the new Fred Pirkle Engineering Technology

Center currently scheduled to open in spring 2017. The programming reconfigures the interior spaces to support conversion from academic to administrative space, as well as renovations to bring this 1952 building up to current building, life-safety and accessibility requirements and to address aging building systems. Procurement of an Architect and a Construction Manager-At-Risk is nearing completion.

II. Design and Construction Document Phase

10) Biology Laboratory Building
Architect: HDR Architects with Team Hoke Est. Cost: $65,000,000
Contractor: J. T. Vaughn Construction Est. Completion: Summer 2018

The building will be funded by a Tuition Revenue Bond, and is proposed to include biology laboratories, with instructional, research and administrative areas for Biology. The building is proposed to contain approximately 83,000 gross square feet. Schematic Design is 95% complete.

11) Bernard Johnson Coliseum Renovation
Architect: PBK Sports Architects Est. Cost: $12,320,000
Contractor: White Construction Company Est. Completion: November 2016

Extensive mechanical, electrical, plumbing renovation is needed as the original systems are still in place. Locker room and restroom improvements along with replacement and addition of retractable seats and life safety compliance concerns are
being addressed through this project scope. The Guaranteed Maximum Price is being finalized.

III. Construction Phase

12) South Dining
Programmer/Architect: Kirksey Architects Est. Cost: $15,131,295
Contractor: BE&K Building Group (formerly KBR) Est. Completion: August 2016

This 29,000 gross square foot food service/dining facility is located adjacent to the existing South Paw dining as an enhancement to support the south food service capacity. The existing bakery and food service offices will be moved from the Belvin basement to the new facility. The expansion is located over an existing parking lot.  Board approval of the project was granted at a Called Meeting on April 6, 2015. Notice to Proceed for construction was issued July 1, 2015. Slabs are poured and structural steel erection has begun. The project is 15% complete.

13) South Residence Complex
Architect: Stantec /Treanor Architects Est. Cost: $67,400,000
Contractor: SpawGlass Contractors, Inc. Est. Completion: August 2017

The project includes construction of a Living & Learning Community including 700 bed residence halls of approximately 233,000 gross square feet each. Large open green spaces and pedestrian walkways will provide ample access in both directions. The project will include a chiller plant and associated infrastructure to support the residence halls. The project is intended to create the south residential district of the Sam Houston campus. Design Development Documents were approved by the Board of Regents in November 2014. A Notice to Proceed for Construction was issued on July 6, 2015.  Construction of foundations is 100% complete with structural framing up to Level 3.  The project is 20% complete.

14) Fred Pirkle Engineering Technology Center
Architect: The Lawrence Group Architects Est. Cost: $22,000,000
Contractor: The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. Est. Completion: November 2016

This 53,000 gross square foot facility provides an emphasis on specialized instructional capabilities for a mix of engineering technology labs (e.g., prototype production/innovation, electrical, environmental design / sustainability, “solar” outdoor terrace) and agricultural science instruction labs (e.g., wildlife/physiology, animal science research). Distributed gathering spaces with exhibits from the works of Fred  Pirkle and a showcasing of the technologies being taught in the facility will be interwoven throughout the facility. Design Development Documents were approved at the February 2015 Board of Regents Meeting. The Groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 12, 2015 and a Notice to Proceed for Construction was issued on June 15, 2015. Construction progresses with structural steel erected and work on framing and building envelope. The project is 30% complete.

15) Student Health and Counseling Center
Architect: The Lawrence Group Architects Est. Cost: $11,332,000
Contractor: Tellepsen Builders, L.P. Completion: August 2014

The new 29,000 square foot center houses both the University’s physical health and mental health services. The project is located next to Old Main Market where former King Hall was situated. The Design Development package and project cost were approved at the August 2013 Board of Regents meeting. Construction began on October 14, 2013 with an interior substantial completion issued August 22, 2014. The Physical Health Clinic has reported an increase of 49% and Counseling reported an 8% increase in student use. Close-out is in process.

16) South District Parking & Related Infrastructure
Architect: Gessner Engineering, LLC Est. Cost: $4,323,934
Contractor: SpawGlass Civil Construction Completion: Summer 2015

This project includes construction of 421 parking spaces, concrete surface sidewalks, the 22nd Street extension between Avenue J and Avenue I, and underground storm water detention facilities. It will be located on the site of the recently purchased Richmond Apartments and adjacent parking lots. Design Development documents were approved by the Chancellor pursuant to authority delegated by the Board of Regents in May 2014. A Notice to Proceed for construction was issued in October 2014. The project is 100% complete, except for completion of final handrails. The parking lot is in use.

17) The Woodlands Center Level 4 Nursing Build out, Phase 2
Architect: WHR Architects Est. Cost: $891,000
Contractor: eContractors Est. Completion: March 2016

Construction of Phase 1 (Simulation Lab, Skills Lab, home health learning and office suite) was complete in December 2014. Phase 2 will include a second Skills Lab and office space, and is approximately 25% complete.

IV. Completed Projects

18) Sciences Annex (formerly known as Sycamore Vivarium)
Architect: FKP Architects Cost: $1,625,000
Contractor: J. T. Vaughn Construction Completion: December 2014

Design kick-off started on September 29, 2013 for the Vivarium project, which includes four animal holding rooms, housing primarily for rodents, and associated support areas, including a Procedure Room located at the recently purchased property at 1614 Sycamore Avenue. The project will allow the University to relocate this operation into a suitable facility. Construction began on June 9, 2014. Substantial Completion was accomplished on December 12, 2014 on this delegated project.

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