Feature Photo: Artist rendering of of the new main building to be constructed on the campus. Image: Temple College
Temple (Bell County) — Temple College recently broke ground on new buildings that will change the face of the campus.
The $124.9 million bond construction project that voters passed in May 2021 is scheduled to be completed by the school’s 2026 Centennial celebration.
Temple College President Dr. Christy Ponce said the objective of the development was to modernize the school.
“So many people throughout the many communities we serve are connected and benefit from the amazing educational and workforce programs at Temple College,” she said. “This groundbreaking ceremony is a chance for us to celebrate and thank everyone who contributed along the way. This will be the official construction kick-off and a fantastic way for us to showcase the transformation and champion Temple College as we build for the future.”
The four building projects include:
Temple College Main Building – This four-story, state-of-the-art structure will be the college’s new “front door” and will stand on the current Berry Hall and Instructional Services Center location at the sound end of campus. It will house a welcome center; all student services; a university center with offices and classrooms for university partners to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs; advanced technology-enabled classrooms; a student success center, including writing and math labs for student support and a large events facility that will hold more than 600 people. VBX Concept & Design members can see additional details and Project Team information here.
Arts and Workforce Building – A new visual arts and workforce building will be constructed on the northwest corner of campus. Its footprint will extend across the north end of campus, encompassing the current Visual Arts Center site on Fifth Street. It will feature a large art gallery to showcase student and faculty works of art; ample studio space for photography, ceramics, painting and sculpture; classrooms; four high-bay labs for advanced manufacturing; computer labs; skills labs for engineering technology, robotics, corporate training, logistics and more and a certification center for students with prior work experience to demonstrate skills for college credit and certifications. VBX Concept & Design members can find out more about this project here.
Health Sciences Center – A new multi-story health sciences center will be featured on the east side of the campus and help the school expand its numerous health care programs, including nursing and sonography, and create new programs. This new health sciences center will be built in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center to include a standardized patient clinic to help train future medical students. VBX Concept & Design members can visit this project here.
Campus Service Center – The new campus service center will be constructed on the east side of campus near the current campus police department. It will house the physical plant and the purchasing department and will provide much-needed space to house Temple College vehicles, including buses and the new Temple College mobile learning center. VBX Concept & Design members can see additional details and Project Team information here.
“These new state-of-the-art buildings and the space and opportunities they’ll provide for classes and training will help us to better serve our students and community. We’re excited about the journey and the future,” Ponce added.
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Edited from news release.