The project is designed to provide a wide range of interior upgrades, enhancements, and improvements necessary to support the university’s academic mission for achieving new growth and technological functionality. Construction is slated to start this fall and is projected for a fall 2024 completion.
The 317,000-square-foot Mesa Building, which serves as the campus’ academic and administrative anchor, will have up to 80,000 square feet of the building subject to demolition, salvage, and reconfiguration of classrooms, offices, and ancillary spaces necessary for maximizing efficiencies, increasing operational reliability, and providing improved work environments for students and staff.
“The historic Mesa Building is an iconic facility for the UT Permian Basin campus,” said Bob Lemke, Vice President of Operations of the AP Gulf States region. “We appreciate the trust the University of Texas System placed in AP to update this symbol of the university. We recognize the importance of this building to the campus, alumni, staff, and students.”
The scope of work will include replacing ceilings, light fixtures, HVAC supply registers/return air grills, flooring, paint, and wall coverings throughout the building. Electrical distribution and emergency power systems, building controls/automation, mechanical/plumbing systems, low voltage systems, and one new elevator are also part of the project. The building will remain open and operational during building renovation.
“This renovation will transform the experience for our students, faculty, and staff in the Mesa Building. For 50 years, the Mesa has served as the primary hub for our entire Falcon community — a place for meetings, classrooms, and offices,” said Dr. Sandy Woodley, President of The University of Texas Permian Basin. “We’re excited for the team at AP to take it to the next level and improve both the function and the beauty of the space.”
Architects for the project include JSA Architects and PBK Architects.
AP’s West Texas office is currently working on several area projects, including Potter County’s District Courts Building in Amarillo, as well as the expansion of the Midland College Pre-K Academy in Midland. In addition, the Central Texas office is currently developing Sunrise Commerce Center in Round Rock. AP Gulf States’ current projects include adaptive reuse work at downtown Dallas’ Santander Tower. Additionally, AP’s recent notable completed projects include the new PGA of America headquarters in Frisco and Vari’s headquarters with VariSpace in Coppell.