Some current and future Buffs who live in Amarillo, may no longer have to make the commute, in a couple of years that is.
Vice President of Institutional Advancement Neal Weaver says, "what should WT be doing in Amarillo?"
How about having a permanent campus right in the middle of downtown?
Weaver tells us, "we'll be moving out of the Chase Tower. We hope that's in the fall of 2016, so two academic years from today, we'd like to be relocated fully into the Commerce Building."
He says area leaders are in the process of desigining the 100,000 squaref oot building, which is about 60,000 square feet larger than what they had in the Chase Building, but they've got to get the full amount of funds first.
"Now we've raised about $7 million of the $12 million needed for the project. We hope to begin construction in January."
He says they've been reaching out to the community, business leaders and employees, trying to find out what kind of progrms or acadmeics they can bring to the Amarillo market.
"What kind of economic futures do they see for the people that live and work in Amarillo. We want to be able to provide the educational framework that allows them to take the steps they want to take," says Weaver.
The project will be completed in two phases.
Phase one, the exterior of the building will undergo renovations while the first and second floors are remodeled into classrooms and offices.
Existing parking lots will also be resurfaced for studetns and staff.
Phase two will consist of renovating the basement for additional classrooms.
Weaver says it's important to them to make the WT in downtown Amarillo different, and to have programs and courses for more job opportunities, possibly allowing new businesses to move to our area.
"It's no good for us to just bring what we've always done. It's about where are we going."
The WT campus in Amarillo will be more for upperclassmen and graduate school students.
Weaver says they are always looking for input for what fields and courses to have on the Amarillo campus.
If you have any ideas or feedback, head over to www.wtamu.edu