Newly Remodeled Media and Communication Building Opens

Former Rawls College of Business building houses communications and other areas.

The newly remodeled Media and Communication Building also houses student media, including The Daily Toreador newsroom.

The newly remodeled Media and Communication Building also houses student media, including The Daily Toreador newsroom.

Texas Tech today (Aug. 23) cut the ribbon on a new version of an old building. The Media and Communication Building, which houses the College of Media and Communication and several other departments and areas, has given the former business administration building a new lease on life.

The newly named College of Media and Communication (formerly the College of Mass Communications) is by far the largest tenant of the new space, leaving its former building near Memorial Circle to become part of the Engineering Key.

“Today’s ribbon cutting is the culmination of diligent planning on the parts of many people, including Dean Jerry Hudson,” said Lawrence Schovanec, interim president of Texas Tech. “He and his staff have worked tirelessly, along with Facilities Planning, to create an advanced learning landscape for our students. The technological enhancements made to this building will enable the College of Media and Communication to allow students to grow and flourish in an environment that reflects advancements in media worldwide.”

“I think the building, its technology and our faculty will provide a solid foundation for providing opportunities for students to develop the will to learn and the motivation to be successful in their respective careers,” said Jerry Hudson, dean of the College of Media and Communication.

Other entities sharing the new space are KTXT-FM (student radio), Student Media, Army ROTC, Annual Giving Program, Academic Support and Facilities Resources, Atmospheric Science, Communication Studies and the Texas Tech University Press, the book publishing office of the university.

According to the Office of Facilities Planning and Construction, the renovation project budget is $25 million. Parkhill, Smith and Cooper Inc. is the design firm, and Lee Lewis Construction Inc. is the construction management firm.

“This building will be a valuable asset for the university community in terms of highly functional up-to-date instructional space for our students and faculty,” said Michael Molina, vice chancellor Facilities Planning and Construction. “Integration of natural daylight into newly designed study/collaboration spaces was a key feature to this successful renovation project. Students now have a great place to work and study between classes,” Molina said.

The new building also provides space for student lobbies and study areas.

The new building also provides space for student lobbies and study areas.

The project was initiated to upgrade life safety, classroom technology and accessibility standards within the 204,495 gross-square-foot building complex. Construction started summer 2010 and was completed in four separate phases to allow occupancy during the first three phases of construction.

There are 210 offices, 14 conference rooms, 25 general purpose classrooms and 16 dedicated classrooms/laboratories.

Specialized laboratory spaces include: KTXT Radio suite Two newsrooms (one includes four audio sound booths) Video/podcast/recording studios Photography studio Eye tracking and psychophysiology labs Animation studio TV studio Two experimental labs

Life safety upgrades include: fire suppression/notification system, emergency generator, extension of the internal stair within the tower and a new exterior stair at the rotunda.

Other building upgrades include: lightning protection system; heating ventilation and air conditioning; handrails and guardrails, lighting, plumbing fixtures, interior finishes, furniture, signage, parking lot improvements and additional service drive spaces, landscape enhancements and bird control.