Growing pains…not a bad thing to have at all if you are the San Angelo campus of Howard College. Thanks to the record growth over the last several years the campus is finally getting two new buildings.
“We are very excited about this new opportunity for growth on our San Angelo campus,” said Dr. Cheryl T. Sparks, President.
The buildings are considered phase one of the master plan and include one building for classroom and instructional purposes and one for student services, totaling 45,000 square feet. The construction will also include additional parking.
“Howard College San Angelo has been a part of the San Angelo community for 40 years,” added Provost LeAnne Byrd. “Through the implementation of the master plan, the campus will now create a more collegiate campus that will address space, parking, and safety needs of our students, faculty, and staff.”
Construction, worth an estimated total of $14 million, is scheduled to be complete prior to the Fall 2014 semester.
“Over the years, the campus has built numerous partnerships and has developed a significant presence in education as well as industry,” said Sparks. “We are very grateful to these partners for their support as we embark on this next step in the history of our campus.”
The construction will be funded through a $1 million dollar grant from the San Angelo Health Foundation, $10.5 million in revenue bonds, and the remaining $2.5 million from the institution’s budget.
The contractor for the project is Lee Lewis Construction, Inc., based in Lubbock, Texas. Parkhill, Smith and Cooper, also based in Lubbock, is the architectural and engineering firm.