University construction: No end in sight

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    Harold Leeman, associate director of major projects for TCU, said the university might never reach the end of its construction to-do list.

    The university has been working with a master plan since the early 1990s and it's revised every 5 years, he said.

    He said the addition of academic buildings and residence halls, as well as the renovation of Colby Hall , were on that plan.

    "Anywhere from the 5-15 year range, there's a school of music, a whole complex that we have on the books and schematics, so we are ready to work with that," he said.

    Annelies Moeser, a graduate student in the Brite Divinity School , said she'd like extra classrooms, but that the construction has made the parking problem worse.

    "I am kind of worried about the parking because it's really gotten horrible," she said.

    Leeman said the current surface parking lots act as a placeholder for the limited availability of land at TCU. The construction of the new Mary Wright Admission Center was an example of utilizing surface parking for the addition of a building.

    He said there were talks in the long-term plan of a possible parking garage, but due to safety concerns, that has not been approved.

    Leeman said Chancellor Victor Boschini was uncomfortable with the idea of having a parking garage on campus because of the safety of patrons using the garage. He said a parking garage could be a big open space that, especially at night, would be subjected to criminal activity.

    Hanes said even through the limited parking issue, she can see the benefits of the work being done.

    "Change is always a good thing, so I think it is definitely improving," she said.

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