Meeting in Austin July 22 and 23, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board granted approval for construction of a General Classroom/Computer Center building at The University of Texas-Pan American.
The $17.2 million, three-story building will provide space for classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices for the Department of Mathematics, and the university's Computer Center.
The 102,688-square foot building will be located on the north side of the UTPA campus between the current Education Building and Business Administration Building. It will hold general classrooms on the first floor and the Department of Mathematics on the second and third floors. The Computer Center will be located in a separate, two-story section of the building.
"The major purpose of the General Classroom/Computer Center building is to consolidate the Department of Mathematics from its current extremely diversified geography to where that department can operate as the other departments on campus do," said James Langabeer, vice president for business affairs at UTPA. "Of course, the Computer Center has long ago outgrown its current facility. It has people scattered all over campus also.
"With the construction of the new facility, both administrative computing and mathematics will be served and general classrooms and faculty office space will be made available to the campus community," he said.
UTPA's Department of Mathematics is currently spread through five different buildings on campus, and the main Computer Center is located in a facility built in 1965 and has staff members located in four separate buildings.
The General Classroom/Computer Center building was designed by Charles Croslin and Associates Inc. of Austin and will be built by SpawGlass Contractors Inc. of Selma, Texas.
Langabeer said groundbreaking for the new structure will probably be in October or November, and the building is scheduled for completion by spring 2001.