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RGV: South Texas College to Commence Work on Law Enforcement Education Facility

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S Tx College Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence

Architectural illustration of the proposed South Texas Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence in Pharr. Courtesy of PBK.


Posted: 6-27-2017, 1:15 p.m.

by Adolfo Pesquera

Pharr (Hidalgo County) - South Texas College will begin construction in the coming weeks on the Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence, a $4.5 million construction project that was arranged in collaboration with the City of Pharr and the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District.

This is an 80,500-square-foot facility that will provide law enforcemnt training.

Subcontractors have until tomorrow, June 28. The construction manager is Weslaco-based Noble Texas Builders. This is VBX Project ID 2014-22A4.

The college board of directors, city and school district officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking in March at the project site, 4300 South Cage Boulevard, which is just north of the Pharr Fairgrounds and behind the PSJA Southwest Early College High School.

Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence site plan

In a prepared statement, STC Dean for Business and Technology Mario Reyna said, "This education center will benefit the region by adding additional programs in public safety, law enforcement, border security, and fire science. These programs provide college level certificates and degrees for public safety and law enforcement professionals in the Rio Grande Valley.

"Furthermore, this center will be able to accommodate the professional continuing education courses required by all law enforcement officers. The spectrum of courses offered will cover all the needs of our region."

The City of Pharr contributed 59 acres valued at $2.5 million. The PSJA school district contributed an additional 10 acres, and made a $1 million grant for the construction of four classrooms to serve dual enrollment students in criminal justice and otehr public safety programs.

The project site is very near Hidalgo County's Main Floodway. Consequently, there are extensive drainage elements in the site plan, including a detention pond.

PBK Architects Inc. went with a reinforced concrete foundation coupled to structural steel to support the superstructure. The exterior materials are of red brick and metal paneling. It will have a steel roof with varied horizontal and angled roof heights of from 15 to 25 feet.



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Adolfo Pesquera

Adolfo Pesquera is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.