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SAN ANTONIO-Charles Lampe is running something like a building assembly line. One project is completed and another one is starting. It’s all part of an ambitious building effort at the 32-year-old University of Texas at San Antonio.

Lampe’s director of facilities, planning and development and he’s trying to keep pace with the number of students pouring into the school’s two academic campuses. The school added 1,000 students to its enrollment this year to reach 19,000, Lampe tells GlobeSt.com.

UTSA’s master plan calls for a build-out to accommodate 30,000 students in 2020. “Enrollments at the University of Texas and Texas A&M University are capped,” Lampe says. “Students are going to have to go somewhere.”

The school displayed plans for its latest building, a 190,000-sf academic center on its 600-acre northwest San Antonio campus at Loop 1604 near Interstate 10. The four-story building will house additional classrooms, lecture halls, specialized labs and offices. The projected cost is $52 million, with construction to begin in early 2002. HOK Architects’ Houston team has designed the project. BFW of Temple, TX is the general contractor.

Also on the 1604 campus, excavation work begins this week on a $19.3-million recreation and wellness facility. The 65,495-sf project will include fitness and exercise facilities, a clinic and a child-care center. Two San Antonio firms are handling the design/build duties: Garza Bomberger is the architect and Bartlett Cocke, the general contractor.

A biotechnology, science and engineering building, an $80-million project, is in earlier stages with sealed bids for a contractor going out soon. The FKP firm of Houston is the architect. Construction is to start in September 2002 with completion two years later.

On the downtown campus, just of Interstate 35 in the CBD, the university has just begun its first classes in the new 127,500-sf Durango building, Lampe says. Now, plans are under way for a 33,000-sf addition to the building. The Ford, Powell & Carson firm of San Antonio designed the Durango building and is designing the addition. The contractor is Dallas-based Centex Construction.

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