Saturday, November 22, 2008

November 2008 Regents Report

Today@Sam has their run-down of the meeting of the Texas State University System Board of Regents:
Each of the component universities in the system is required to submit a revised campus master plan at least every 10 years. The board approved Sam Houston State's current plan in 2000; however, because of the university's rapid growth during the past eight years, administrators decided to update the plan this year.

The plan submitted by JJR, Inc. of Ann Arbor, Mich. calls for new or improved academic space, new residence halls, non-academic structures and a parking garage.

Recommended projects and estimated costs include an addition to the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas building ($15 million); integrated engineering and technology building ($37 million); agriculture complex at Gibbs Ranch ($6 million); biology, nursing and allied health building ($42 million); forensic science building ($24 million); College of Business Administration building ($45 million); and Criminal Justice Center addition ($16 million).

JJR, Inc. suggests building two residence halls --- the first one ($17.5 million) north of Sorority Hill and the second one ($23.5 million) at the site of King Hall --- in response to the projected growth in student population.

A proposed 1,200-space, multi-level parking structure on Bearkat Boulevard would cost $20 million.

Recommended non-academic facilities include a health center expansion ($3 million); a new residence life maintenance building ($2 million); and an alumni center ($10 million) adjacent to Bowers Stadium.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Building a Mystery:"B" is for Brumby?

The SHSU Art Complex is a collection of six buildings – five metal and one brick – located on the southwest side of campus along Sam Houston Avenue. It’s the second building, Building B, that we’re interested in today.

We found a copy of SHSU’s "1997-1999 Self Study for Reaffirmation of Accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools" (SACS) and couldn’t help notice a strange line when discussing the Department of Art:
Building B, known as the Brumby Building, contains the jewelry workshops....
Our question: what's this colloquial moniker “Brumby” about? Whoever it was and whatever it means, we doubt it is official – much less well-known – as this is the only place we’ve seen the name in print. Maybe it was the name of the occupant at the time the building and property were sold to the university (i.e. Brumby Interior Designs of Huntsville)? Maybe it was the name of someone who had an office on the second floor (i.e. Horace Brumby)?

As far as the building itself, Building B was constructed in 1968, years before the Department of Art had inhabited this corner of campus (the next oldest building in the complex, F, was built in 1979). Suffice to say Building B was used for other purposes at that time before it was eventually bought by the university.