Arkansas Tech Board Approves $11.6M CDI Bid for New Facility

by Lee Hogan  on Monday, Mar. 24, 2014 12:16 pm  

This artist's rendering shows the location of a proposed academic, student support and administrative facility on the Arkansas Tech University campus. The Board of Trustees awarded an $11.6 million construction contract to CDI Contractors in March. (Photo by Arkansas Tech University)

Arkansas Tech University moved a step closer to a new multi-purpose building on its Russellville campus when its Board of Trustees on Thursday awarded an $11.6 million construction contract to CDI Contractors LLC of Little Rock.

The $14.7 million project will house the university's academic, student support and administrative departments. Those departments handle financial aid, student accounts, registrar, payroll budget, human resources and two federally-funded programs, Upward Bound and Student Support Services.

Classrooms and conference rooms will also be located throughout the facility. Preliminary drawings showed seven classrooms and four conference/seminar rooms, according to Sam Strasner, director of university relations.

Construction on the four-story, 66,900-SF building is set to begin this spring on land previously occupied by Bryan Hall. That plot is near Rothwell Hall, home to the university's college of business.

"These two buildings will serve as a new front door to the campus," Strasner said. "This will be a landmark structure."

The project will take about two years. Strasner said no groundbreaking date has been set but that Tech would like the building to be open sometime in 2016.

Funding for the building will come from revenue bonds, physical plant funds, general improvement funds from the Arkansas Legislature and money received from the office of Gov. Mike Beebe.

More Room

Strasner said this construction will allow more room for students services like admissions, financial aid and student accounts, which are now in the Doc Bryan Student Services Center, built in 1998.

"At that time, we had a little more than 4,000 students," Strasner said. "Now, we have more than 11,000. Those areas need more space, and this also gives a chance to consolidate all student services under one roof."

In addition, public safety and health and wellness will move to the Doc Bryan Center, which "more aligns" the administrative structure, Strasner said.

The site of the facility is ready for construction since the Bryan Hall, constructed in the 1950s as a residence hall, was demolished last year. 



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