Progress on the Hagee Communication Center continues. 3i finalized installation of flooring, landscaping and exterior signage as students returned to school the first week of September. Classes are already meeting in the western end of the facility.
Einstein Bros. Bagels officially opened for business on Tuesday, September 3. The new eatery offers a full selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner menu items beyond the traditional bagel. The new venue also provides a new place for campus family to work and study while enjoying hot and cold coffees, smoothies and more.
The courtyard landscaping and fountain were completed Saturday, September 7. Fencing has now been removed on the western side of the building.
Construction crews are speedily installing new pavement and landscaping in the adjoining space between the Farmer Administration Building, Nelson Memorial Library and Hagee Communication Center.
Meanwhile, out of sight, construction continues on the easter portion of the building that will contain the new performance auditorium. Installation of seating is expected the first week of October as SAGU speeds toward an anticipated grand opening during Homecoming 2013.
Now that the exterior brickwork has been completed, progress is being made on the interior of the HCC. Last week, 3i Construction installed the equipment and furniture for Einstein Bros Bagels. Currently, 3i is installing carpet and ceilings in the west wing of building.
SAGU will receive new furniture for the faculty offices and classrooms the week of August 19. 3i Construction will pour concrete for the courtyard, front steps, south entrance, sidewalks, and parking lot before the end of the month.
As internal construction speeds forward, masonry is nearing completion. The university still expects the first faculty offices to begin moving to the Hagee Communication Center this August.
As brickwork continues on the exterior, much progress is being made on the interior of the HCC. 99% of interior walls are now constructed, and drywall is being installed throughout the building. The 11-foot-tall glass cupola will be installed in May, bringing the HCC to its full height of 74 feet and six inches. The exterior masonry should be completed in the next two weeks, including a 12-foot cast-stone SAGU seal on the east side of the building. The estimated move-in date for offices relocating to the facility is August 12, 2013. Classes will begin in the HCC in September. The dedication will likely take place in October.
Progress continues. External sheathing has been installed. Some brickwork has been completed on the cupola at the top of the building. Brick has also been installed on the southwestern wing, providing a nice example of what the aesthetic will be. Windows have been installed on that wing as well. Scaffolding has been moved to the courtyard as they work to install brick moving clockwise around the building. And internal construction work continues.
Steel construction is complete on the building. 95 percent of the internal framing is complete and the classrooms, offices and common areas are taking shape. Workers are constructing the catwalk system over the seating area in the auditorium. Brick and stone work continue around the building including the cupola.
Faculty and staff will begin moving in on August 12, 2013, to prepare for the fall semester. The building dedication is scheduled for SAGU Homecoming in October.
All steel is complete on the west side of the building, and the base of the cupola has been placed. Steel installation has begun on the east side of the building and should be completed by the end of January. Interior walls are being constructed in the west side of the building. The parking lot between the HCC and the Nelson Memorial Library will be replaced by the first week of February.
The building is on schedule to open the second week in August 2013. Plans are being finalized to move 24 faculty members into the facility as early as this summer and relocate another 25 faculty into remodeled offices across the campus.
Progress continues on the western side of the facility where metal has already gone up. There are now two sets of stairs. Sheet metal has been installed on the roof of the facility, providing moderate shelter during the unexpected change in weather. Early masonry has begun around the base of the western wings, and workers continue to place metal studs around that area.
During the holidays, the construction crews will begin metal framing around the cinderblock walls on the east side of the building. The cinderblock area will contain the new performance hall. Alumni are encouraged to sponsor seats and name them in honor of themselves or a loved one. The giving form is located on the right of this page.
The new metal framing will extend to the edges of the concrete slab pictured in the photo above.
Much progress is being made on the steel and cinder construction of the facility. Steel is being delivered at regular intervals. The second floor and roof are now discernable. And there is now a small flight of stairs on one of the wings facing Davis Hall. The final section of concrete in the auditorium is being poured this week. 3i will pour concrete on the second floor starting next week. Steel installation will begin on the east side of the building the week of Christmas.
Trucks were lined up on East University Dr. today to deliver steel beams for the west end of the Hagee Communication Center. By lunch, the crew was already making significant progress placing the beams with the assistance of the crane seen in the photo above.
Concrete was poured over the weekend. The foundation for the entirety of the building is now easily visible. Meanwhile, construction crews continue to construct the walls of the eastern end of the building facing East University Dr.
The foundation is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of October. Steel and stone will be delivered in October and placed in November. Additionally, 3i is running storm drain and sanitary sewer lines across campus to the Sycamore Street/ Highland Street intersection. This addition will not only serve the new building but position the SAGU campus for future growth.
Good, Fulton & Farrell Interior Design (Dallas, Texas) has been contracted to assist with the interior design and finishes.
Since then, 3i Construction has relocated major utility feeds, finalized design and engineering for the footings, floor and structural steel, and drilled foundation piers.
Additionally, 3i is running storm drain and sanitary sewer lines across campus to the Sycamore Street/ Highland Street intersection. SAGU is also completing design work on the staging systems, stage lighting, security systems, building controls and the Einstein's Bagels layout.
State Representatives Gary Elkins and Jim Pitts, Waxahachie City Manager Paul Stevens, and alumnus Dr. John Hagee attended the groundbreaking in April. President Bridges announced to those in attendance, "We received another $2 million gift, putting us within $1 million of our $21 million dollar goal."
The HCC is the most expensive initiative SAGU has undertaken to date. The facility will house a performance arts auditorium, black box theater, TV and film studio, audio recording studio, digital video editing lab and suites, piano lab, music library and listening lab, music practice rooms, classrooms, rehearsal halls, film screening/preaching and speech labs, offices, concessions, café, workshops, dressing rooms and more.
SAGU has celebrated the ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony for the new Hagee Communication Center. Planned completion of the new facility is Fall 2013.