ROUND ROCK —A $27 million home for the Round Rock Higher Education Center, unveiled Wednesday, ultimately could include at least five academic buildings, a tower and residence halls on a 100-acre campus.
The multi-institution teaching center, one of eight in Texas, probably will have enough students in the next few decades to become a stand-alone university, said Texas State University-San Marcos President Denise Trauth.
Texas State and Austin Community College will offer classes and degree programs at the new campus, which is to open in August 2005 with an estimated 3,200 students.
About 100 people saw the proposed master plan drawings Wednesday night at Dell Diamond.
Texas State University System Chancellor Lamar Urbanovsky said he expects the Board of Regents to approve the master plan Nov. 21. Design plans for a 125,000-square-foot, three-story main building probably won't be approved before February, he said. Groundbreaking for the campus is scheduled for March, Trauth said.
“It's a great moment,” she told the crowd.
The master plan includes parking lots on either side of the first building and a fountain just inside the front entrance off Chandler Road in northeast Round Rock. It might be 15 or 20 years before residence halls are built, if at all, Urbanovsky said.
The campus is financed with tuition revenue bonds approved earlier this year by the Legislature.