Arkansas Tech Trustees Approve $4.8 Million in Campus Improvements

by Lance Turner  on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 4:12 pm  

Arkansas Tech University in Russellville said Thursday that it will move forward with $4.8 million in campus improvements, including the renovations of the university's art building and six residence halls.

Arkansas Tech's board of trustees voted on the projects during its regular monthly meeting on Thursday.

The projects include:

  • renovation of the Old Art Building as administrative office space at a cost of $1.6 million
  • construction of a television studio for Arkansas Tech's student television program at the Energy Center at a cost of $425,600
  • construction of a lighted practice field for the Arkansas Tech marching band near the Chartwells Women's Sports Complex that includes an observation tower, sidewalks and a storage facility for musical instruments at a cost of $830,900
  • an addition to the Office of Public Safety facility that will include additional offices and improved communication and emergency response space and equipment at a cost of $839,800
  • renovations to the following residence halls at a total cost of $959,000: Brown Hall, Wilson Hall, Jones Hall, Caraway Hall and Tucker Hall. 

Trustees also committed $176,500 to the initial phase of restoring the theatre workshop inside the Techionery. Trustees said the money will come from the university's unappropriated educational and general fund balance.
Arkansas Tech closed the theatre workshop on Sept. 15 after the Russellville fire marshal found multiple "fire and life safety issues."

Trustees also gave the university permission to seek an architect to plan a renovation of Chambers Cafeteria.



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