August 8, 2013
University leadership today (Aug. 8) broke ground on the latest student housing complex, offering new housing alternatives on the Texas Tech University campus.
Approved by the TTU System Board of Regents at the December 2012 meeting, the two-building community will be located east of Knoxville Avenue in the triangle bounded by 19th Street and Texas Tech Parkway. A pedestrian walkway will connect the two communities. The buildings will be positioned around courtyards and green zones and hold 455 beds.
“The recent progress of our institution is evident, and our campus must continue to expand in order to accommodate the growing number of students,” said TTU System Chancellor Kent Hance. “We are excited about the alternatives this complex will offer and believe additions like these will attract world-class students to Texas Tech.”
The 234,501 square-foot complex, expected to open in fall 2014, offers a choice of 61 one-bedroom units, 47 two-bedroom units and 75 four-bedroom units ideally structured for graduate and upper-level students.
“Texas Tech is experiencing a period of tremendous growth in many areas, including enrollment,” said Texas Tech University President M. Duane Nellis. “This is a testament to the recruitment efforts of our admissions staff and the standard of academic excellence set forth by our faculty, staff and students.”
The complex is being designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification, meaning designers and contractors will implement green building design and ensure both construction and maintenance of the building are environmentally responsible.
The $54.8 million project will also include an integrated 5,000 square-foot retail and food service facility, as well as landscape enhancements and public art.
The project is being managed internally by the Facilities Planning and Construction department under the leadership of Vice Chancellor Michael Molina with Denise Hostick serving as project manager. Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects and Mackey Mitchell Architects designed the complex as part of the project team, which also includes Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.
Facilities, Planning & Construction is part of the Texas Tech University System and supports Texas Tech's academic missions by creating high-quality, innovative campuses through professional planning, design and construction management.
FP&C also oversees the public art collection on campus.