Nov. 29, 2012
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University Officials Plan Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for JBK Expansion
CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University officials and other dignitaries will cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the Jack B. Kelley Student Center (JBK) expansion at noon Tuesday, Dec. 4 in the facility’s new Legacy Hall. Tours of the $10.9 million expansion will be available from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Representatives from The Texas A&M University System, including Chancellor John Sharp, will join Regent Judy Kelley Morgan and other Kelley family members along with University officials and representatives from local and state government in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The event will celebrate the completion of the two-year expansion to the 43-year-old building. The project was approved by a student referendum in October 2009 and represents student support in the construction of the state-of-art facility. The new space includes lobby/common areas, office space, information center, catering kitchen, student lounge, study spaces, new Senate Chamber, meeting rooms and Legacy Hall, a multi-purpose room capable of seating 500 banquet-style or 700 theatre-style. Western Builders of Amarillo served as general contractor for the project
In addition to the extra space, the expansion features smart technology throughout with extra plug-ins and charging stations, projection screens and electronic signage. Special features include water fountains equipped for filling water bottles and a commissioned wall sculpture by Oregon artist Eric Langeliers. The metal piece measures 26-feet by 9.5-feet and depicts a stampeding herd of buffaloes.
“We were in need of extra space because of our growing student population,” Chance Haugen, director of the JBK, said. “This new expansion will help us provide our students with a functional learning environment as well as a great place to just hang out.”
Originally built in 1968 as an administration building, the JBK was renovated in 1988 as the University’s new student center. WTAMU’s growing student population prompted the need for additional space for activities, events and programs. The expansion also will be available to community members looking for space to host events.