Thursday, March 4, 1999

Today@Sam: Regents OK Renovations, Fees

Contractors were hired for renovation projects totaling more than $2.6 million and increases in room and board rates and tuition-general use fees were approved Thursday by Sam Houston State University's board of regents.

J&M Contracting Co. of Huntsville was awarded a $2.2 million contract for renovation of White Hall, which was built in 1963 and will house 143 students when the project is completed prior to the 2000 fall semester. The project includes the renovation of plumbing, electrical and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems as well as alterations to the floor plan to provide suites instead of individual rooms. The suite concept was adopted based on student approval of a prototype suite constructed by the Physical Plant Department.

In other action, Area Wide Mechanical, Inc. of College Station was awarded a $260,000 project for mechanical renovation of the Belvin-Buchanan and Elliott Residence Halls. That work is scheduled to be completed prior to the 1999 fall semester. The project will replace air handling equipment associated with the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in the buildings.

A $165,000 contract was also awarded to Prime Contractors Inc. of Houston for mechanical renovations in the Lowman Student Center, including building heating equipment and ductwork in the Burger King food service area.