The fall semester hasn’t even started yet, but there’s been plenty of activity on the West Texas A&M University campus.
Workers have been busy all summer at WTAMU’s new Buffalo Sports Park. And even though the multi-field, $21.8 million project isn’t quite finished, the Buff football team opened its fall camp Aug. 12 on the new Buffalo Sports Park practice fields. By the time students arrive for classes, many of the synthetic-covered fields will be completed, and concessions, rest rooms and other support facilities will be finished for a November grand opening.
Buffalo Sports Park isn’t the only construction project on campus, though. Work continues on a parking lot on the west side of campus, on the Virgil Henson Activities Center on the east side, and University officials and other dignitaries broke ground Aug. 3 on a new residence hall. The new Centennial Hall, located just east of Cornette Library where Hudspeth Hall once stood, is part of an estimated $71 million worth of construction projects planned to expand facilities for a growing student population. It will be the first traditional-style residence hall built on the WTAMU campus since Jones Hall was completed in 1971. Buff Hall was completed in fall 2008 as a super-suite style residence hall for juniors and seniors, and the new Centennial Hall will follow a more traditional design to offer amenities for freshmen and sophomore students.
The four-story coed hall will house freshmen and sophomore students as well as the Office of Residential Living. The facility will be home to 339 residents in 95,000 square feet of space, and residential living will occupy an additional 4,400 square feet.
Other construction projects include the renovation of two buildings—the old Palo Duro Hospital for a University research facility and the old ag/nursing building to house WTAMU’s engineering program. Stop by the WTAMU campus and see all the changes taking place as the University moves into its second century.