Tarleton State to Construct New Residence Hall, Expand Dick Smith Library

The exterior of the Dick Smith Library in 2023. Construction to add 10,000 square feet of space to the building is scheduled to begin later this spring.

STEPHENVILLE — A new residence hall and expansion to the Dick Smith Library were each approved for Tarleton State University by The Texas A&M System Board of Regents today.

Substantial growth in the student population over recent years served as a catalyst for the two projects.

“As we strive to maintain Tarleton State as a first-choice destination, building up our residence hall capacity and providing additional academic resources for all to utilize is paramount,” said Tarleton State President Dr. James Hurley. “These two new spaces will help to further enhance the university experience for our Texans.”

With today’s approval by the regents, planning for the new $120 million residence hall can now move into the design phase this spring, with a 2025 goal set for the start of construction.

Multiple styles of rooms are expected to be included with approximately 1,000 beds. Upon project completion, 12 on-campus housing options will be available to students. Additionally, the university is updating its campus master plan to include up to 3,000 additional beds in the coming years.

Construction on the Dick Smith Library expansion is scheduled to begin later this spring. The additional space will total around 10,000 square feet.

The expansion will be a 24/7 space dedicated for student use. Individual study rooms, collaborative study rooms, instructional space, meeting rooms and multipurpose space are all slated to be included.

A prominent entrance to the library building from Texan Trace will also now be available from the west side.

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