Category Archives: college construction

Construction at Texas Tech University

According to the Daily Toreador, Texas Tech University is continuing construction to improve the school in multiple ways according to their 2020 plan. 

The objectives that are sought out in the plan are for new student-housing, labs and research facilities. 

The new student housing will be the larger portion of the project, consisting of $54.8 million of the budget.  The new complex will consist of  61 one-bedroom units, 47 two-bedroom units and 75 four-bedroom units that are anticipated to be finished Aug. 15.  This new complex will primarily be available for graduate and upperclassmen students.

The second phase of the project encompasses a new Petroleum Engineering lab and research building incurring a cost of $22.8 million.  This building will include state-of-the-art equipment and is set to be finished Feb. 14th.

The last phase of the project is to upgrade Biology and College of Human Science buildings which will incur just under $20 million of the budget. 

Increased Housing Boom for Students at the University of Alabama

According to Yahoo News, the University of Alabama in recent years has seen a big boom in their student enrollment.  The increase in enrollment has led to massive expansion for student housing on the university’s premises.   As the Greek social life becomes more popular, the demand for  larger and improved Greek housing rises.
Over the past decade, the university has undergone $202 million in building construction for these Greek social groups, which in about 30 houses have been built.  The construction has been said to be financed by using public debt to provide loans, which are in-return being paid by private groups.
As more and more students enroll into colleges and universities, the demand improving and providing student housing will stay on the rise.

College Construction Spending in Accordance to the Rise and Fall of the Economy

According to the The Chronicle of Higher Education, research presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education has shown that state expenditures on college construction for higher-education does not coincide with the rise or fall of the economy.  The study has also shown that college construction spending tended to rise in the best and worst of times, while tending to fall when the budget for state spending was fairly stable.  According to James C. Palmer, who oversees an annual survey of state higher-education spending and is a professor of higher-education at Illinois State University, says “The new study shows the planning of capital projects is a different beast than the planning of annual budget cycles that the states go through.”