Construction continues on Brown Hall

LAURA BEAN/THE ARKA TECH: Construction crews continue work on Brown Hall.
LAURA BEAN/THE ARKA TECH: Construction crews continue work on Brown Hall.

Arkansas Tech’s newest building, Brown Hall, is expected to be finished by February 2016.

The building is being constructed next to Rothwell and will house 11 departments including Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Registrar’s Office, Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Veterans Services, Budget, Payroll and Human Resources. The building will also have 10 classrooms.

Gaylen Rounsaville, Tech’s construction manager, said since the majority of the departments being put in Brown-Hall are currently being housed in Doc Bryan, one of the next projects will be to renovate Doc Bryan.

The construction team’s current plan for Doc Bryan is for it to become more on-campus housing to help accommodate for the rising number of enrolled students.

Rounsaville said, “When Rothwell was built, the main goal was to provide the most technologically advanced building on campus. Which we did. But now our goal with the new building is to provide an even more technologically advanced atmosphere for students and administration.”

According to Rounsaville, the technology budget for Brown-Hall is pushing $1 million out of an estimated $16 million budget.
The construction team is thought to be two to three weeks behind. The building itself is expected to be finished by August 2015, and the entire project is expected to be completed by February 2016.

It will be named Dr. Robert Charles Brown and Jill Lestage Brown Hall after the former president of the university and his wife. It will be called Brown-Hall for short.

Rounsaville said, “Our next goal is to just work on renovating the buildings that Tech already has and working to make enough space for the growing population of the school.

“It’ll take some time, but we’re excited to see how much Tech has grown and changed.”