Groundbreakings Make Way for New Facilities

January 28, 2014
Building Groundbreakings

The landscape of Prairie View A&M University will soon be changing thanks to the addition of new buildings.

The University celebrated the groundbreakings on Jan. 23 for the new academic building that will house the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences and the College of Business as well as the new retail and bowling center.

The first groundbreaking was held near University View for the retail center project.  The new building will include a supermarket and a restaurant for now, but businesses such as a dry cleaner, hair salon, a dollar store and t-shirt company may soon be added.

The center will feature a bowling alley, providing the PVAMU Bowling team with a place to practice. Glenn White, head bowling coach for PVAMU, was happy to see the center come into fruition. “This is an unbelievably exciting occasion that I’m proud to be a part of,” he said. “This facility will help improve our practice, and I think it will take us to another level. I’m thankful for this opportunity and I’m thankful for what the university has done.”

Later the same day, a groundbreaking was held for the new building that will house the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences and the College of Business. The project will be located in the geographical core of the university, near Hilliard Hall and the College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology. The new facility will be over 89,000 square feet and four-stories high.

The L‐shaped building will include a 400-seat auditorium, study rooms, technology‐enhanced classrooms, open collaborative spaces to emphasize teamwork and a trading room that will be shared by the two colleges. The building will also have state-of-the-art laboratories and a multi-media center.

The projects are slated to be completed in 2015.

By Celia Hinkson

Student Worker

Office of Marketing and Communications

Retail center groundbreaking

Members of the PVAMU administration plunged shovels into dirt at the official groundbreaking for the new retail and bowling center. Photo: James Salone, student

Academic building groundbreaking

President George C. Wright addresses the group assembled for the new academic building groundbreaking. Photo: James Salone, student

Academic building groundbreaking

Students and administrators from the College of Business and the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences break ground on the new academic facility that will house both colleges. Photo: James Salone, student