Section V: COC Resources
3.10.7 The institution operates and maintains physical facilities, both on and off campus, that are adequate to serve the needs of the institution's educational programs, support services, and mission-related activities.
JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE
NARRATIVE/JUSTIFICATION FOR JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE
The University operates and maintains physical facilities,
both on and off campus, that are adequate to serve the needs of
the institution's educational programs, support services, and mission-related
Construction of the first four buildings of the campus began in February 1994 on the 300-acre site donated by the Killam family. The official ground-breaking ceremony was held on February, 19, 1994. The first day of classes on campus was held on September 4, 1995. Phase I included the Killam Library Building, Bullock Hall, Cowart Hall and the Central Plant. Phase II was dedicated on February 21, 1997. Phase II consisted of Canseco Hall, Pellegrino Hall, the Kinesiology Convocation Building, and the Physical Plant. Phase III construction began in the spring of 2001 and included the Student Development Center, the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade, the Fine and Performing Arts Center, and the Intramural Fields. Construction of Phase IV began in August of 2003, and is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2005. Phase IV includes the 79,000 square foot Science Building and an expansion to the original central plant. The University is currently in the design phase for Phase V, which will include the expansion of the Kinesiology Convocation Building and fields. The University works closely with the community and The Texas A&M University System to develop physical facilities in line with the remarkable growth of the University. (Construction Fact Sheet, 2003)
As of Fall 2004, the University operates 12 buildings
on its 300-acre campus located at 5201 University Boulevard in Laredo,
on approximately 120 improved acres. The University operates 337,248
square feet of assignable space housed in 671,643 gross square feet.
Of the University’s
assignable space, 261,802 is defined as Educational and General space.
The Science building will add 79,000 square feet to the University infrastructure. At
the present time the only off campus space operated by the University
is a small outreach office maintained on the Laredo Community College
The main classroom building is Bob Bullock Hall. It contains one large lecture hall that seats 166 students, five smaller lecture halls, 16 medium-sized classrooms, and one specialized laboratory. A satellite food-service facility, Bene Pizza, is also housed here.
The main laboratory building is Cowart Hall. It contains seven medium classrooms and 15 specialized computer or science laboratories. There are six additional science laboratories in Canseco Hall. Science laboratories support course offerings in biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and environmental science. These laboratories seat 16-24 students in each lab section. With enrollment growth, the need for increased laboratory space has become evident. At present the need is met by increasing the number of laboratory sections offered in popular courses such as Anatomy and Physiology and General Biology. The opening of the new 79,000 square foot Science Building in Spring 2005 will add additional laboratories and provide research laboratories. Cowart Hall includes the Reading Research Center and childcare facilities.
Canseco Hall contains a large lecture hall that accommodates 102 students. It also houses specialized facilities for the Canseco School of Nursing, including a large bed laboratory that accommodates nine individual patient care units and also serves as a classroom for clinical skills. The building has five additional smaller specialty or break out rooms that can be set up for student practice of specific skills or used as teaching or check-off stations for evaluation of clinical competencies, as well as two specialized computer labs that address the learning needs of nursing students. Canseco Hall also contains a video studio and classroom for distance education, as well as faculty offices.
Pellegrino Hall has a 103-seat auditorium, two smaller lecture halls, 10 medium sized classrooms, and four computer laboratories designed to meet the needs of students in the areas of business and computer information systems. Also included in Pellegrino Hall are the offices of Human Resources, Purchasing, and International Programs, as well as faculty offices.
The Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade was designed to meet conference needs as well as classroom demand. It includes a large flexible room that can be divided or used to seat 400 participants. It also has two smaller lecture halls and three seminar rooms. It houses a specialized media laboratory to meet the needs of students in the communication major. The office of Educational Technology and Outreach (ETO), the Texas Center for Border Economics and Enterprise Development, the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade, and the Western Hemispheric Trade Information Center are located in this building along with faculty offices.
The campus is completed with several specialized buildings that serve the needs of the campus as a whole.
The Student Development Center includes a 189-seat auditorium,
two medium sized classrooms, five small seminar rooms, four rooms
used by student
activities, and an 8500 square foot ballroom that can be divided or
used in its entirety for conferences or special events. It also houses
the University’s food service operation,
its bookstore, copy center, game room, and honors
99,219 gross square foot student
center also houses a food service facility which includes a 1323 square foot
kitchen, 4325 square foot dining area, and a 2074 square foot overflow dining
area. The food court is an auxiliary enterprise operated under contract
5684 square foot bookstore is another auxiliary enterprise operated under contract
by Barnes and Noble. Also located here are the Office
School Relations, Career Services, Student Counseling, Continuing Education
Pre-College Programs, Student Activities, Student Life, and Student Health.
A 122,000 square foot Fine Arts Building was opened in Fall 2003 to address the needs of an expanding degree inventory in the area of the fine and performing arts and to meet the increasing demand for large performance and meeting space. Along with studios and practice rooms, the Fine Arts Building houses a 900-seat recital hall and a 50-seat “black box theater”, as well as an art exhibit space. There are two medium-sized classrooms, four smaller seminar rooms, 13 studio or practice rooms and faculty offices.
The Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library comprises
five floors and is divided by a breezeway. The University Library is
housed on the east side and contains over 42,000 square feet
of public space, including
periodicals, and special collections on the first floor. Media, curriculum
collection, juvenile collection, and Texas state documents are housed
on the second floor and general collection stacks, five group study rooms,
are on the third floor. More general collection stacks and five more
group study rooms are on
fourth floor. The library also houses Programs for Academic Support
and Enrichment that includes a testing center, computer
lab and the Writing Center. There is seating space for 555 library users
and 44 computer workstations available for public use. A central feature
of the library
is the Great
Room, the library’s main reading room, which provides a panoramic
view of the great Texas plain through its unique orb window.
The Physical Plant also supervises the service contracts involved in
maintenance of facilities such as Custodial Services, Elevator Maintenance,
HVAC filter, Energy Management, Chiller and Boiler Maintenance, Generator
Maintenance, Handicap Door Maintenance and Pest Control. These contracts
are essential to the maintenance of the University and it is the role
of the Physical Plant to supervise the contractors so that the contracts
are executed to their fullest and in the best interest of the University.