By Deandre Hogg —
Tarleton students: get ready for more detours and closed roads around campus.
When Tarleton students came back to school after the holiday break and after spring break, they found more construction on campus. That likely won’t change for the next couple of years.
At the beginning of the 2016 fall semester, students confronted the delayed construction on North Traditions Hall; then, the main road in front of the dining hall and the Barry B. Thompson Student Center was under construction.
After spring break, students returned to find less parking as the new Engineering Building will be built at Lillian and Washington streets. Many pathways on campus are being closed off for construction and new walkways are being slowly built.
Many Tarleton students are frustrated with all the new construction popping up and forced to find new ways to get to class and the Dining Hall.
So what’s next and what is the purpose is for all this construction going on?
Cecilia Jacobs, Tarleton public relations manager for marketing and communications, said that with all of these ongoing projects, Tarleton will be a “cutting-edge” academic institution.
“New and improved facilities, along with cutting-edge academic programs, will help Tarleton meet the state’s need for a professional workforce,” Jacobs said.
Jacobs provided an update of various construction projects around campus.
“Construction of the $54 million engineering building is slated for completion in late 2018, Memorial Stadium’s $24 million renovation should be finished in Fall 2018, and groundbreaking ceremonies for Tarleton-Fort Worth’s first building at its Chisholm Trail Parkway location is set for late this year, with completion set for 2019,” Jacobs said.
With many slated projects set to begin this year and completed by 2018 or 2019, many people may wonder how Tarleton will look in the future.
“The number of Tarleton engineering, engineering technology and computer science students has doubled since 2010, and continued enrollment growth is expected with new, state-of-the-art facilities,” Jacobs explained.
“As Tarleton’s engineering, engineering technology, computer science programs grow, there are plans to establish a School of Engineering and later a College of Engineering,” she continued. “Construction projects currently underway will enhance the quality of Tarleton’s academic programs and allow more students to enjoy a quality, affordable education.”
“Continued growth is expected,” Jacobs concluded.