Check out some of the changes already taking place on campus at West Texas A&M University outlined in the master plan.
Buffalo Sports Park
Ground has been broken on the new Buffalo Sports Park, and students soon will have the facilities they deserve for intramural sports and recreational sports as well as practice space for the marching band. In addition, the project will include the premiere Division II intercollegiate complex for competition in baseball, softball, soccer and track and field. It also will provide the community with a safe jogging/walking trail for personal exercise and relaxation.
The Buffalo Sports Park is a $21.8 million project to renovate the athletic/intramural facilities at WTAMU. The project entails a complete redo of the campus from east of Jarrett Hall and north to the former site of the University’s Wind Test Center. The University community as well as area residents will benefit from the sprawling complex that will include: • the competition David and Myrt Wilder Baseball Field with seating; • a competition softball field with seating; • a competition combined soccer and track and field facility with seating; • two combination football and soccer practice fields; • a three-field intramural and recreational softball/flag football facility with lighting; • two intramural basketball courts with lighting; • two intramural tennis courts with lighting; • a practice field for the WTAMU marching band; • a grand lawn park activity area with lighting; • a jogging trail with lighting; and • rest room, concession and ticket facilities.
The fields are scheduled for completion in August 2010, while the surrounding facilities are scheduled for completion in November.
Fine Arts Building Demolition
The old Fine Arts Building has served its purpose for more than 50 years, and demolation of the facility is now under way. Many fond memories lay hidden among the bricks and beams, but the Sybil B. Fine Arts Complex is forging new ones with the students of WT’s second century. A paved area with 160 new parking spots will replace the old Fine Arts Building by fall 2010.
Hudspeth Hall Demolition/New Undergraduate Residence Hall
Fifty years after its construction, Hudspeth Hall is scheduled to be abated and demolished, and a new residence hall for underclassmen will be erected in its place. The new four-story facility will house more than 340 students in double rooms with individual sinks. The new hall is expected to be ready for occupancy by fall 2011. Information on a naming opportunity for this facility is available at 806-651-2070.
Jack B. Kelley Student Center Students voted in favor to increase the Student Center Fee for the purpose of expanding the Jack B. Kelley Student Center. The expansion will include additional meeting rooms, a multi-purpose room, additional food service areas, study spaces, a catering kitchen and student lounge. The expansion is tentatively scheduled for completion August 2011and will extend west from the JBK onto the lawn south of the Classroom Center.
Virgil Henson Activities Center
The VHAC is already starting to get a facelift on the main west entrance through this year. The renovation includes first-floor office renovations as well as new aesthetics to the center’s lobby and main staircase. Along with a new, more efficient entrance the development will include a game room, and for the adventurous, a three story climbing wall.