Academic Building 4 Opens Its Doors In Spring
Over a year after construction began, SHSU's newest classroom building is nearing completion. Academic Building Four is on schedule to open its doors to students for the upcoming spring semester. The Board of Regents approved construction of the new building in August 1999 with a budget of $8.5 million. Although initially marked for completion in February 2002, construction met with unexpected problems causing crews to finish the work several months behind schedule. The new 61,070 square-foot building, located at the intersection of 20th Street and Avenue I, replaced five departmental dormitories that once housed students.
"The fact is we really needed the space," Physical Plant Director Douglas Greening said in an interview shortly after construction began. "Several of our departments are in temporary buildings and badly need a permanent home." The structure will serve as the new home of the history, library science and psychology departments as well as Student Advising and Mentoring Center.