Texas Tech’s Rawls College Breaks Ground for New Building
October 9, 2009
Rawls College of Business Building to be gateway to campus.
Texas Tech University today (Oct. 9) broke ground on the new Jerry S. Rawls College
of Business Building at Flint Avenue near Ninth Street, just west of Dan Law Baseball
The new business administration building will serve as an anchor for a new North Campus
Gateway that will be an entrance to the campus from the Marsha Sharp Freeway.
“This new building will be a state-of-the-art, high-tech, ‘green’ and people-friendly
facility which will become a cornerstone of the university,” said Allen McInnes, dean
of the Rawls College. “The building, along with great students and outstanding faculty,
will make the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business an educational leader in both Texas
and the U.S. The current building will be renovated and developed into a multipurpose
classroom facility for the university’s expected growth to 40,000 students by 2020.”
The groundbreaking begins construction of the 140,000 square-foot LEED-certified building. The
LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ is
a voluntary, consensus-based standard to support and certify successful green building
design, construction and operations.
The new building also is designed to keep pace with technology. Classrooms will be
outfitted for distance learning with ceiling-mounted cameras and video broadcasting
capabilities. Lectures will be automatically captured and available to be published
on the college’s Web site before students have time to change classes.
A variety of digital display technologies will be used throughout the space, replacing
blackboards in classrooms and equipping other rooms with LCD screens and laptop connections
for study sessions and project collaboration.
To keep pace with the increased use of technology, wireless network capabilities as
well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems will be upgraded.
According to Donald Clancy, senior associate dean of the Rawls College, construction
costs for a traditional computer lab would have added $3 million to the new building’s
In its place, the college plans to build a virtual lab of software tools that will
be installed and maintained on the college’s server and will be available on the Internet
for students and faculty to access from their computers.
The demolition of Thompson and Gaston Halls, begun in the fall of 2008, was the first
step in the construction of the Rawls College of Business Building. The demolition
included asbestos abatement of the entire facility, utility tunnel abatement and demolition, and
restoration of the site.
CONTACT: Andrea Tirey, director of development, Athletics/Rawls College of Business,
(806)742-1785, or at firstname.lastname@example.org