Texas State University is planning a new Engineering and Sciences Building, which is slated to cost a reported $91.6 million and will be located on Comanche Street in San Marcos. A recent article in The San Marcos Mercury reveals that plans for the building will see it measuring a 122,665 gross square feet, although the exact height, floor plan, and number of floors are still unknown. Demolition of the Comanche Hills and Campus Colony apartment complexes, both over three decades old, would make way for the university’s new building. According to The Mercury, a new piece of legislation currently making its way through the Senate would authorize the funding for the project:
Texas State University officials would be authorized to fund most of an $91.6 million Engineering and Sciences Building on Comanche Street under a bill working its way through the Texas Senate. Under legislation co-authored by Sen. Judith Zaffirini the university could sell $83 million in bonds backed by future tuition income, to fund the classroom and laboratory building. The bill would also enable the university to borrow $48.8 million for a Health Professions facility at its Round Rock Higher Education Center, which would be its fourth building at the fast-growing Williamson County outpost.
The building would be the new home of the TSU’s College of Science’s Biology and Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization, as well as the base for the Ingram School of Engineering. The additional space, slated to be complete in the summer of 2017, is sorely needed to keep up with enrollment demand according to the university and information presented in the article:
Since 2012, enrollment in the College of Science and Engineering has grown even faster than the university as a whole. Between 2002 and 2013, science or engineering majors increased from 2,718 to 4,317, a nearly 60 percent increase compared to 45 percent overall.
During an April 11th hearing, Texas State representatives told senators that if new accommodations for the growing numbers were not obtained then a cap on enrollment would likely be required. While the university had hoped to gain funding in 2011, final approval of the SB16 bill introduced by Senator Zaffirini would allow the school to issue tuition revenue bonds to bankroll new projects going forward.