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BSE Building
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Construction at the UTSA 1604 Campus: (top) Biotechnology,
Sciences and Engineering Building and (bottom) parking garage

Construction projects help provide for growing UTSA community

(June 21, 2005)--Several construction projects in progress on the UTSA campuses are improving facilities for the growing university community.

One of the most visible projects at the 1604 Campus is the two-level, 630-car, student parking garage under construction at lot 2. Lot 2 is north of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building. Contractors have stepped up the construction process to complete the building for fall 2005. Currently, concrete is being poured to complete the first level, while framework for the second level is being constructed. The structure is potentially expandable to four levels.

Construction on the Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building, another large project on the 1604 Campus, has a planned completion date of Oct 1. Faculty members are expected to move into the $83.7 million building in December, just in time for the spring 2006 semester.

The Chaparral Village dining hall, which has been named the Roadrunner Cafe, is part of the residence hall complex. Construction will be completed in July, followed by a "soft start-up" of dining services to ensure systems and procedures are in place for the fall semester opening in August.

The Monterey Building at the Downtown Campus is under renovation as tenant leases expire in the former professional building and additional space is available for university facilities. UTSA acquired the building formerly known as the San Antonio Business Technology Center earlier this year in a land agreement with the City of San Antonio.

The UT System Board of Regents approved several other construction projects earlier this year. The University Center enters phase III of construction in May 2006 with expansion, renovation and upgrades. The expansion will provide new space for the Office of Student Activities, a 750-seat ballroom, conference and meeting rooms, a convenience store, study areas and student lounge space.

South of the University Center expansion, construction will begin on a second thermal energy plant to provide additional chilled water and heating utilities necessary for an expanding campus. The plant will utilize minimal space, incorporating it into a 482-space, four-level parking garage at the site west of the Biosciences Building on the 1604 Campus. Construction on the facility is slated to begin in spring 2006.

In March 2006, expansion begins on the Recreation and Wellness Center. Campus Recreation will be expanded to include additional gymnasiums, an indoor jogging track, free-weights and cardiovascular areas, multipurpose aerobics areas, new locker areas and an outdoor pool with support areas.

Health Services will gain space for health education, counseling, recovery, women's resources and offices for the associate vice president for student success.

For more information, visit the UTSA Office of Facilities Planning and Development Web site.

Watch UTSA Today for construction updates and information on office moves.

--Bronwyn Wingo

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