Trustees vote to tear down student center

Trustees vote to tear down student center

It’s official. The Brown-Lupton Student Center will be no more.The Board of Trustees determined Friday that the TCU community hub will be demolished to make room for a smaller, more efficient building, Provost Nowell Donovan said.

Donovan said Clarence and Kerry Scharbauer Hall will be replacing the current Student Center. The building will house the AddRan College of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as the Honors College, Donovan said.

Donovan said Scharbauer Hall will be more cost efficient because it will not be connected to Reed Hall like the current Student Center.

“We won’t start the construction until May 2008 because students will be going home for the summer and the building won’t be quite as busy,” Donovan said.

Don Mills, vice chancellor for student affairs, said the board’s decision to knock down the Student Center and replace it with an academic building is going to have a great impact on the students.

Scharbauer Hall will not be the only change to campus, Donovan said. The hall will help showcase the new campus commons area, he said.

The campus commons will be “pivotal to TCU’s pedestrian-friendly campus” and will consist of the Brown-Lupton University Union, four new residence halls and a quad, according to a press release.

Chancellor Victor Boschini said Frog Fountain will be the centerpiece of the lawn and placed six feet from its previous position. He said he believes that area will be a great place for student relaxation.

Boschini also agreed the common area, which is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2008, will be beneficial for TCU residents.

“I think that area will revolutionize campus,” Boschini said. “It will be the place where everybody wants to be, because 24/7 students will have everything they need there, from technology to food to activities.

“We can’t even imagine how much that’s going to be used until it opens.”

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