Valley College Construction Bill

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 9:02am

Texas Senate Bill 272 could bring needed funding to Valley Colleges.

Valley colleges are hoping for Texas Senate Bill 272 to pass because it could mean a lot of extra money for much needed construction projects.

The University of Texas-Pan America has plans drawn up for two new buildings.

One for a new science building that would add new classrooms and labs. And a second building extension to the current business building.

In total, it would add about 90,000 square feet to the University. The cost for these renovations coming to $94 million.

UTPA said they have needed money for these projects for a long time.

"We're growing very fast at the University, we've been growing for many years. We know have a current space usage deficit of over 460,000 square feet. That's because we have a lot more students than we used to have," said Robert Nelsen, UTPA President.

If passed in the new year, more than 160 million dollars would be split between UTPA, Texas State Technical College and University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College.

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