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Ongoing construction projects change the campus landscape

Ongoing construction projects change the campus landscape

Audrey Hale ’13 and John Allen Davidson ’14 walk to class amid new construction on campus.

There is a lot going on at the university, and it is evident from even the briefest drive through campus. Along with exciting new buildings under construction, a number of streets on campus have been closed for other smaller projects.

The university has broken ground on four major master plan projects in the last year. The Baugh Center for the Visual Arts will be open for the fall semester. Located on 9th Avenue across the street from the Mabee Student Center, the 27,000-square-foot facility will feature classrooms, offices, studio space, a student lounge, and an art gallery.

The Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center will be completed in time for the spring semester. This state-of-the-art facility is being constructed right next to the Baugh Center for the Visual Arts on 9th Avenue and will include not only classroom space but also clinical labs and practice exam rooms.

Perhaps the most exciting project currently under construction is Crusader Stadium, which will seat 8,000 to 10,000 spectators for football games and other large attendance events. The facility will include locker rooms, meeting rooms, concession areas, a press box, and attractive suites for entertaining university guests.

The new student union building is being built in conjunction with the stadium and is designed to complement it. The student union focuses on engaging students in the campus community, offering dining areas, a bookstore, areas for student organizations, and recreation and gathering space for students. These new buildings and facilities will greatly improve both the quality of education and the experience of UMHB students.

Along with the major building projects, there are a number of smaller projects affecting traffic on campus. The university’s storm drainage facilities are being improved, and Crusader Way is being relocated adjacent to the railroad tracks in order to make room for new parking areas.