Construction on new student union scheduled for March
Nov. 3, 2017 – DENTON – As part of a Texas Woman’s University initiative to modernize facilities to better meet student needs, the university will renovate and expand Hubbard Hall on its Denton campus, converting the building into a multipurpose student union. Construction on this estimated $54.5 million project begins March 2018.
The new state-of-the-art student union, which is scheduled for completion in September 2019, will feature expanded food service, large and small meeting spaces, quiet study lounges, an auditorium and ballroom.
“Our students have been very involved in the building’s design process,” said David Sweeten, TWU director of the student union and conference services. “We’ve held focus groups to get feedback on what they want in the space, and even took a group of students to stores to test out furniture for selection."
Design plans also include a veteran’s lounge, meditation room and expanded art gallery space, as well as a student organization workspace and Student Government Association Chamber.
“We want the new student union to offer space and services for a wide variety of students,” Sweeten said.
The current student union is more than 45 years old and does not provide the amenities expected by students today, Sweeten added. In 2015, students, the TWU Board of Regents and the Texas Legislature voted to approve a referendum to increase student fees to fund the new student union.
This project is just one of six major construction projects currently approved for the Denton campus. In September, work began on the West Parking Garage on Oakland Street, which will provide 600 parking spots and house TWU’s Office of Human Resources, Department of Public Safety, a student testing center and a student lounge. The garage is scheduled for completion in Fall 2018.
A new $51.4 million Science & Technology Learning Center is in the design phase, with construction to begin in December 2018. Renovations to Jones Hall and the University Laboratory Building will start later this month.
A new student housing community also is planned. Groundbreaking for this project is scheduled for Spring 2018, with the facility ready for students in Fall 2019.
Deanna W. Titzler
Interim Director of Public Relations