The Texas State University System Board of Regents has authorized construction of a University Events Center, which includes expansion and renovation of Strahan Coliseum, at Texas State University.
The board approved the project during its August 18 meeting in Austin.
The multi-use University Events Center will add approximately 81,000 gross square feet to the complex, as well as an additional 1,800 seats to Strahan’s capacity by building out the eastern side of the arena. Construction will begin February 2017, with completion expected by fall 2018.
Due to growth of Texas State’s student population, there is a pressing need to develop the University Events Center to accommodate additional seating and space in Strahan for commencement, convocation and special events.
Upon completion, Department of Athletics offices currently housed in Jowers will relocate to new facilities in the University Events Center. This will allow the consolidation of the Department of Health and Human Performance in the vacated Jowers space.
The project will expand athletic locker rooms, offices and support spaces for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, women’s volleyball, visiting teams and game officials. A new main entrance, pedestrian plaza, elevator, restrooms and concessions will upgrade the overall experience for guests.
The project will also include a new chilled water plant to serve the facility.
Estimated total cost for the project is approximately $62.5 million.