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  Campus Center Central Texas CollegeCampus Center Central Texas College

Construction Manager &
General Contractor

Freese and Nichols, Inc.
4055 International Plaza, #200, Fort Worth, TX 76109

General Description

Location: Killeen, Texas
Date Bid: Mar 2010 Construction Period: Apr 2010 to Aug 2011
Total Square Feet: 48,583 Site: 5.5 acres
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 26,252; second floor, 22,331; total,
48,583 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 18’8”; second floor, 18’8”; floor to floor, 18’8”; total, 43’8”.
Basic Construction Type: New. Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Brick, stucco, aluminum storefront. Roof: Built-up, clay tile. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Cost Estimator: CCM Construction Services, LLC - P. O. Box 120455, Arlington, TX 76012
Civil, Structural, MEP & Landscape Architecture: Freese and Nichols, Inc. - 055 International Plaza, #200, Fort Worth, TX 76109
General Contractor: VCC, LLC - 600 East Las Colinas Boulevard, #1225, Irving, TX 75039
Food Service: Worrell Design Group - 10200 Richmond Avenue, #280, Houston, TX 77042
AV Consultant: Moye Consulting - 6303 Commerce Drive, #150, Irving, TX 75063

Architect Alison Beck, Freese and Nichols, describes the new Campus Center at Central Texas College as the campus living room. The College, based in Killen, Texas, serves a commuter population drawn from the adjacent Fort Hood Army Base and surrounding communities of family members, base employees and nearby residents. The Center provides a place where students can study for a test in solitude or in groups, meet with friends, or get a cup of coffee. The 48,000-square foot building is also where the School of Nursing (the College’s largest class) can conduct graduation ceremonies in the second floor conference center, which accommodates 500 people. The Board of Trustees can host meetings and presentations for a hundred people in their boardroom; it is where full-service catering facilities can provide banquet services; and it is where students can browse for books and more in a campus bookstore four times the size of the store it replaces.

Located just south of the original 40-year-old student center, the new Center features terra cotta roofs, an upstairs patio and shaded arcades. The structure shares both the architectural vocabulary and a fresh perspective on the existing, Mediterranean-style campus buildings. A 4,000-square-foot pedestrian plaza that creates a dramatic multi-use space between the two buildings links the old Student Center, scheduled for renovation. Tree-lined stairs on both sides of the Campus Center connect the plaza to new parking at the South entrance. The site utilizes native and adapted species of shade trees, multi-trunk flowering trees, shrubs and groundcover on more than half the open space, providing open lawns and shaded areas with benches. Banded panels of brick pavers and decorative pedestrian-scale lighting with pole-mounted banners define the hard surfaces and edges of the plaza space, and disguise an emergency-vehicle access lane as a pedestrian mall.

Inside the new Student Center, a grand staircase winding around the clock tower graces the two-story dining hall. On the second floor, the conference center can house large events or be subdivided into four smaller spaces for more flexibility. “Pre-function” areas at large events offer nooks for everyday use as study spaces.

Product Information
Built Up Roofing: Johns Manville
Clay Tile: Ludowici
Glazing: PPG Solarban®
Carpet: Atlas Elevators: Thyssen Krupp
Lighting: Cooper


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