Construction continues Thursday at the Texas A&M University-Central Texas campus on Clear Creek Road near State Highway 195. Workers have nearly completed the exterior and are beginning work on the parking area
Construction continues Thursday at the Texas A&M University-Central Texas campus on Clear Creek Road near State Highway 195 as workers put some finishing touches on the exterior

By Danielle Church
Killeen Daily Herald

Construction of the new Texas A&M University-Central Texas campus is under way and projected to be completed by February.

“The new campus is coming along quite nicely,” said Randy McCauley, TAMU-CT’s director of marketing.

The $40 million project began in October 2010 and will house a bookstore, information technology department, division of business administration, student affairs, enrollment services including veterans administration, a social work department as well as additional administration offices.

“This is just the first building in the master plan of an entire campus build out planned for the university,” McCauley said.

In September 2009 he said the U.S. Army transferred 662 acres of land, at the corner of U.S. Highways 201 and 195, to the university in order to create a permanent home for the Warriors.

McCauley said construction of the building on the new land was “necessary for us to prepare for future growth.”

TAMU-CT Facility Director Chris Hill said funding for the Austin Commercial construction project came from a $15 million Permanent University Fund and $25 million Tuition Revenue Bonds.

Hill said construction has been running smoothly and according to plan.

“We did lose two days for snow, but we’re right on schedule,” he said. “Our schedule has always been for our contractors to have the building built by February.”

The 106,000-square-foot, four-story building will be comprised of 26 classrooms and a 150-person lecture hall, said Hill.

TAMU-CT currently offers classes at its leased building on Clear Creek Road. The university leases the building from Central Texas College. Additional classes are offered at the North Campus, 701 Whitlow Drive in Killeen, as well as at Fort Hood.

“We will continue to utilize these locations until other buildings are completed at our new campus,” McCauley said.