Feature Photo (above): Interior view of the National Ranching Heritage Center on the Texas Tech-Lubbock campus. Courtesy: Google Streets/Sun Bhakta.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Lubbock (Lubbock County) — The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents on Thursday approved design and/or construction manager at risk services on two main campus projects and one Angelo State University project.
An expenditure of $519,412 was approved as part of an authorization to being Design Professional Stage II services, and for the award of a Construction Manager at Risk Agreement for pre-construction services for additions to the National Ranching Heritage Center’s Ranch Life Learning Center project.
The Ranch Life Learning Center is dedicated to educating children (focusing on 4th to 8th grade levels) and the general public about the fundamentals of ranching. The program is told from the perspective of Hank the Cowdog in partnership with famed author John Erickson. The center teaches the business and science of ranching, ranch life and natural resource management.
Birds-eye perspective (above) of the planned exterior addition, and the concept site plan (below) of the same. Courtesy: Texas Tech University. The interior area in blue is the interior addition.
The total project cost is anticipated to reach $5.4 million.
The design professional services are to include design development, construction documents, construction administration phases, a statement of probably cost and a project schedule.
The CMAR services are to include project evaluation, site analysis, constructability review, value engineering, scheduling, cost control, and concept budget development.
The project will include renovationof approximately 3,500 square feet within the Mallet Ranch museum building, plus a 725-square-foot interior addition. The affected areas include the Orientation Theater, Prairie Ecology Exhibits, Ranching Exhibits, Instruction Space, and Security Headquarters. There will also be an expansion and reconfiguration of Cogdell’s General Store, and a new covered porch.
The scope of exterior improvements total 20,000 square feet. These include installation of a water resources exhibit, wildlife exhibit, livestock nutrition exhibit, a tool shed and horse barn, ranch house, amphitheater, stockade, footbridge, cowboy work station, windmill feature, hardscaping and landscaping.
The floor plan of the interior addition to the National Ranching Heritage Center. Courtesy: TTU.
Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts (TCVPA) Theatre & Dance Complex Phase II
The regents approved an expenditure of $555,520 to provide planning and design services for Phase II of the renovation and expansion of the Charles E. Maedgen Jr. Theatre building.
The architectural team is a joint venture partnership of Lubbock-based Parkhill, Smith & Cooper (PSC) and New York-based theater specialists Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture. Phase II has a total anticipated budget of $20 million.
The scope of work renovation involves about 16,300 GSF. The affected areas include the lobby, theatre, paint lab and second floor theatre support areas.
The new construction is for about 24,000 GSF and includes a backstage crossover for actors, an expansion of the current scene shop, additional dressing rooms, small prop, lighting and tool storage areas and office space for new teaching assistant offices, a workroom, meeting space, and a new administrative suite for the TCVPA, currently located in Holden Hall.
In addition, the Costume Lab, currently located in Weeks Hall, will relocate to this building. The project will address information technology, acoustics, audio visual requirements, and theatrical equipment. Exterior stone and masonry restoration repairs may be required. The project will be designed to bring the building in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and codes.
The project team will analyze the opportunity for landscape enhancements and public art.
Angelo State University Mayer Museum
The regents approved expenditures of $175,268 as part of its authorization to award a Construction Manager at Risk Agreement for pre-construction services for the new Mayer Museum project. This project has a total anticipated budget of just over $18 million. The art museum project was previously reported in VBX here.
It is being design to have a gross square footage of 30,948 SF.
Billy Breedlove, TTU vice chancellor for facilities planning and construction, said he expected to return in August with a guaranteed maximum price. ASU President Brian May said the interviews for the CMAR have already been done and Western Builders of Amarillo was expected to get the job.
An updated architectural rendering of the exterior facade of the new Mayer Museum. Courtesy: Angelo State University.