UTPA Report: Academic and Performing Arts Center

University of Texas-Pan American
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 9:39am

Anyone who has driven past The University of Texas-Pan American campus has probably noticed a lot of construction going on, Jennifer Berghom has the story on all that construction happening on campus.

The University of Texas-Pan American continues to grow. As well as having a record high enrollment this year, UT Pan American is building new facilities and upgrading current ones throughout campus.

Some projects include the new 42-million-dollar Academic and Performing Arts Center and an academic and administrative building that will house several programs for students.

Martha Salinas-Hovar, UTPA assistant director of project planning and management, "Well we currently have the academic and administrative building here next to me under construction and it's scheduled to be finished this summer and fall, ready for the fall semester in August, and we've got down the road on the east side of the campus we have the fine arts project, the performing arts center under construction, and that is scheduled to be completed in October or November of this year and we hope to have the first performance in December for the Christmas holidays."

Besides the new buildings, UTPA is sprucing up several other structures on campus, including replacing bricks on the façade of the administration tower and remodeling the inside of the Marialice Shary Shivers building.

And more construction is on the horizon.

Plans are under way to build a new 54-million-dollar medical building for The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, plus a new science building.

Oscar Villarreal, UTPA's director of facilities management, says these buildings couldn't have been done without great teamwork, "All of these projects again would not be able to happen without the help of the support our administration, of the Board of Regents of the UT System and, of course, of our facilities management team."

With all this construction going on, getting around campus can be a bit tricky. U-T-P-A officials ask that everyone uses caution when driving or walking in the area.

Oscar Villarreal, UTPA director of facilities management, "Well as you can see there is a lot of activity going on around the campus and so the things that we would want our community to be mindful of is all the construction traffic all the heavy equipment that is moving around about the campus and definitely drive defensively as you're moving around and there's a lot of exciting things to come."

Construction at U-T-P-A is expected to last through 2017.

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