August 10th, 2018 | by CollegeAD

Texas Tech leaders are moving forward with plans for new facilities across the state – from a proposed dinning hall for athletes and renovations to the historic dairy barn on the main campus to a dental school in El Paso. Tech’s proposed athletic dining facility has been reduced in size from 12,000 square feet to 9,000 square feet. The board is being asked to approve a $598,358 second-stage design budget for the athletic dining facility, which will serve about 400 athletes. Hammond expressed some concern about the look of the dining facility, which has a high entryway with windows that bear the Double T logo. “We experimented with building design on this campus in the 60s and 70s, and it did not work out for us,” Hammond said. “I’d hate to see us head down that path again.” “We’re trying to celebrate the Double T there,” Breedlove said, noting that the roof still bears Spanish tile and the building has the same brick patterns, stone and stucco. “We’re just trying to make it look a little bit different for (Athletic Director) Kirby (Hocutt) and his staff.” Breedlove said he hopes the Double T on the dining facility can be a bit of a recruiting tool. Regent John Steinmetz asked if the building were being cut short by reducing its size, but Hocutt said that it is rare to see more than 200 athletes in the dining hall at the same time. The facility will seat up to 220 diners at once. -Karen Michael, A-J Media, Read More

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