The Commerce Journal

February 21, 2013

Master plan outlines changes to campus

By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — Texas A&M University-Commerce is nearing completion on a master plan that is scheduled to increase enrollment to a total of 25,000 students by 2028.

Included in the master plan is a new library and performance arts center, and the restoration of some of the older buildings, including Binion and Ferguson halls.

Larry Good, chairman of Good, Fulton & Farrell Architects, the prime consultant for A&M-Commerce, said the firm began the plan by studying campus land use and looked for ways to enhance the places of entry to the university.

“We want a place where students want to stay and socialize,” he said.

As well as restoring older buildings and constructing new ones, the four other major points the company wanted to add were the creation of a “Great Lawn” area that will serve as the signature piece of the university, the construction of a new stadium and a multi-purpose arena complex; the re-purpose of the west campus, including Smith and Berry halls for recreational use; and a significant construction initiative for student housing.

According to David Mckenna, assistant vice president of facilities and support services at A&M-Commerce, the master plan should be completed in April.

“We are very excited about this,” he said.

Also included in the plan is a campus shuttle system that would take students to and from the west side of campus. The system would cover approximately 2.6 miles and will travel at 15 mph.