With several construction projects at Texas Woman’s University set to finish by the end of the year, the university’s Board of Regents could vote Friday to add two more.
Plans for remodeling the TWU Campus Bookstore were proposed during the Thursday morning meeting, as well as a new sports complex that would have coaching offices, concessions and storage to support the athletic programs.
The bookstore renovation will begin over the winter holiday break if approved Friday, said Jason Tomlinson, vice president for finance and administration. The $1.5 million project would take about four months to build out, making the store compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and improving its functionality.
When the bookstore was last renovated, there were only 7,000 students on campus, and their needs were much different. Plans also include adding a pickup and drop-off area for textbooks, a technology bar and other functionality requests from Follett, the bookstore’s operator. The company agreed to pitch in $355,000 for the renovation project, with the university paying the rest.
“When we signed the new contract in December to switch vendors, they had some suggestions for how we could better serve and also improve services for the students, so a lot of this is a product of that,” Tomlinson said.
The sports complex is in a much earlier stage, since the funding request needs approval from the Board of Regents. If the board approves spending $11.5 million for the design and construction, it will take about six months of planning before construction can start, Tomlinson said.
Conceptual plans include locker rooms, a new gymnasium, concession stands, restrooms and even a classroom space for kinesiology students.
This fall, TWU’s new student housing village will open and then a new dining hall is scheduled to open in September, a month earlier than projected, said Robert Ramirez, associate vice president for facilities management and construction.
The new student union inside Hubbard Hall is also wrapping up construction and should open by the beginning of December, with food service doing soft openings over the winter break.
“We’re rounding up a lot of these projects by the end of the year, and we appreciate everyone’s patience,” Ramirez said. “It’s been a lot of major projects in the core parts of campus.”
At the meeting, Randall Langston, vice president for enrollment management, said the school expects at least 15,802 students on campus this fall, an all-time high. There’s still time for more students to enroll, though, and people could still drop out. If the projections are correct, it would be a 1.8% increase in enrollment from last fall.
The regents’ meeting also included the unveiling of the full budget for the upcoming fiscal year. TWU’s total operating expenditure budget hits $239.8 million, with the operating revenue budget at $240.6 million. The bulk of expenditures are salaries and account for nearly $2 million in raises for faculty and staff.
All of the items will be up for approval during the full Board of Regents meeting Friday on the Denton campus.