The University continues to invest in its future
TCU has invested $430 million in new and renovated facilities since 2009, and the investment continues. Construction is going strong on the Intellectual Commons on the east campus and is intended to be as transformative as the existing Campus Commons has been to the west and is designed to foster innovation and collaboration and to create interdisciplinary connections.
At their Fall meeting in early November, TCU Trustees voted to begin raising funds for the $75 million first phase of the project to expand the Neeley School of Business, which includes the construction of a new building addition, an auditorium and the replacement of Dan D. Rogers Hall, and commitment to the formal architectural development for the building project.
In other business, the Trustees approved the following major capital projects: the first phase of Data Center Improvements, Mary Couts Burnett Library renovation, Multipurpose Facility in Worth Hills, and Daniel-Meyer Coliseum renovation.
The Data Center improvements will allow for increased capacity of an uninterruptable power system and the installation of a new generator to provide emergency power to the data center during a power outage. Construction on this $2 million project will begin in December 2013.
The Mary Couts Burnett Library project includes a 26,000 square-foot addition and the renovation of a portion of the existing facility. The existing library entrance will be replaced with a new entrance on the east side, accessible from a courtyard shared with Rees-Jones Hall.
Given the growth of residential housing and the increased student presence in the Worth Hills area of campus, the University plans a new dining and student life facility in Worth Hills. Designs propose a 39,200 square-foot, two-story facility with multiple dining venues, flexible seating, flexible student meeting spaces, study lounges, a Greek room and office space. Construction on this project will begin in December 2013 and be complete by January 2015.
Pending the ability to secure funding for the project, the Trustees voted to begin the renovation of Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The project will modernize the facility to make it more fan-friendly and will improve the student-athlete experience. Modifications include event level seating, wider concourses, new concessions and restrooms, new locker rooms and team rooms for women’s and men’s basketball programs, coaches’ offices and a space for a Hall of Fame. Construction will commence after the 2013-2014 basketball season and is scheduled to be complete by October 2015.