The beginning of the fall semester marked the creation and modification of a handful of buildings all over campus. From academic services to residence halls and athletic centers, all types of buildings received face lifts.
The residence hall that faces University Drive underwent a complete change over the summer. The building was gutted in the spring to modify every aspect except the foundation. Clark opened Aug. 13 for both male and female residents. The cinder block walls were replaced with drywall and every dorm room has its own thermostat. Students can also enter the basement through a stairway that exits onto the front lawn. What many students find to be the most accommodating new feature is the free laundry system. Residential Services decided to try out this new feature as a demo to potentially use all over campus.
The old residence hall is nearing the final stages of its renovation. The most noticeable difference to Jarvis is a new glass atrium in the building’s rear that exposes a staircase in the center of the building. Jarvis will not house students anymore but now contains offices for various university departments such as Religious Services, University Career Services and Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services. Jarvis holds new conference rooms on each floor that student organizations can rent out for use.
The demolition of the old Brown-Lupton Student Center left large amounts of rubble on the east side of the Campus Commons. However, the destroyed building’s remains will be removed in the upcoming months. The new Scharbauer Hall will be home to many academic departments including the John V. Roach Honors College and the AddRan College of Liberal Arts. The construction of the new building is scheduled to be completed in about 18 months, according to university administrators.
Dutch Meyer Athletic Complex & Abe Martin Academic Enhancement Center
The southern end zone of Amon G. Carter Stadium now holds a new three-story athletic complex that overlooks the stadium. There are six exclusive stadium boxes that lie a story above 250 club seats. The club seating area, open to the general public, is sold out for the remainder of the season. Next to the complex, the Abe Martin Center promotes the academic development of student athletes. The enhancement center contains a computer lab and an athlete lounge for down time.