Freese and Nichols joins Lamar University at Groundbreaking

Dwain Brown

Lamar University broke ground last month on a new Science and Technology Building with the help of Freese and Nichols. This new construction will be the first academic building built on campus in over 40 years. The local television station and newspaper were on site for the ground-breaking.

“This building is long overdue, and the [Texas State University] System is very happy to facilitate that,” TSUS Regent Bill Scott said, addressing the crowd. “This 83,131 square-foot science and technology building will make this university, the system, and all of Southeast Texas very proud.”

The new $60 million, 83,000-square-foot STEM building will provide biology, chemistry and open machine technology labs, equipment storage, offices and conference rooms. The project scope includes a new, freestanding greenhouse on site, and a major upgrade and expansion to the South Central Plant that will provide chilled water and electrical service to the new building, as well as additional capacity for future campus growth.

Another FNI project at Lamar University includes the Setzer Student Center, a 93,850-square-foot renovation and addition to the existing Student Center. The renovation will provide a new food service area, new conference and meeting rooms for student organizations, and new offices for student government and administrative offices. The addition will provide a new two-story dining room and an outdoor dining area. The existing quad will also be renovated to provide new sidewalks, landscaping, utilities, upgraded seating and lighting.

FNI is providing overall design and construction management. This includes daily coordination with the A/E design teams, coordination of ancillary vendors and consultants, progress reporting, change management, peer plan reviews, construction cost estimating, and continuous cost/budget analysis and reporting with projected total cost to complete. Additionally, FNI manages project documents control, scheduling control, pre-construction activities, submittal and RFI monitoring, project inspections, site visits to review and document construction progress and issues.

The project also includes team building and conflict management, coordination with system administration and user groups, obtaining owner’s directives and incorporation of decisions with the design and construction teams, review and approval of all project pay applications and invoices, closeout procedures and submittals, and coordination with the client’s project managers and administration.