The Stroupe building is set to be torn down, paving way for new facilities at Arkansas Tech University.
Stroupe is home to the Wonder Boys baseball practice area and locker room but will be demolished and replaced by a gravel parking lot. The demolition of Stroupe, comes as part of ATU’s Master Plan, and has already begun with interior demolition that started on March 6.
While Stroupe is set to be demolished by April 8, there are plans to preserve some of the building as part of Tech’s history. Bernadette Hinkle, vice president for administration and finance, said many of the plaques would be saved.
“Dedication plaques have been removed,” said Hinkle via email. “The smaller dedication plaques are housed in the Tech museum while the large National Guard Armory 1926 concrete building identifier, that was in the north wall of Stroupe, is in storage until a suitable reuse is determined.”
The demolition is the second large-scale-construction project that has taken place near M Street Hall. The first one was the construction of the multisports complex, which is located behind the baseball field.
Rachel Morrison, a sophomore elementary education major and M Street resident since 2016, said the inconveniences “will be worth it, eventually.”
“These construction projects are kind of inconvenient for M Street residents because they’re taking away some parking and part of the road is closed off,” said Morrison. “I am fine with it though, because after all we are getting a new parking lot out of it.”
Makenzie Martin, a senior rehabilitation science major, said this is the start of a major growth period for Tech.
“It’s so great to see all the different projects happening on campus right now,” said Martin. “I can only imagine how different the campus will be if I were to come back in ten years to visit.”