Texas Tech University’s $45 Million Residence Hall Breaks Ground
LUBBOCK, Texas, May 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – Texas Tech University broke ground on Wednesday on a new $45 million, 178,000-square-foot residence hall designed by BOKA Powell, LLC, a nationally recognized leader in the design of university housing and dining facilities. The project is being developed as a response to significant increases in enrollment at the University, and is planned to be completed before the fall 2012 semester.
Constructed as part of a design-build team with Austin Commercial, and designed to harmonize with the unique Spanish Renaissance architectural style of Texas Tech, the new facilities will provide housing for 516 students, and will feature private bedrooms, shared living areas, ceiling fans, microwave ovens, refrigerators, Ethernet connections in each room and other unique amenities. In addition to the residence hall, a two-story 22,000-square foot dining hall, three exterior courtyards and several new parking lots are planned to accommodate the ever-growing number of enrolled students.
“In addition to the suite environment in the residence hall, we’re creating a two-story dining room, with vaulted ceilings that introduces new design concepts to the way food is prepared and purchased, on campus. The idea behind this design is to suit every students lifestyle,” said John Orfield, LEED AP, principal, BOKA Powell. “Whether they are in a rush and want to ‘grab ‘n’ go’ or would like to gather and socialize, there will be more of a destination dining experience that will build a sense of community for the students.”
“I am confident that the Texas Tech University System Facilities Planning and Construction team, including BOKA Powell and Austin Commercial, will deliver a high performance facility on time and on budget, as well as raise the bar in student residence hall experience and lifestyle,” said Michael S. Molina, AIA, vice chancellor, Texas Tech.
BOKA Powell is providing design architect and architect of record services for the project.
About BOKA Powell
BOKA Powell is a full-service architectural design, planning and interior design firm, with office locations in Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin, TX. BOKA Powell’s areas of focus include health care, commercial office, higher education, hospitality, multi-family and mixed use planning and design.
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