SAN ANGELO, Texas – Angelo State University is expected to receive $ 36 million in capital construction assistance project funding through Senate Bill 52 for Infrastructure Improvements.
Discussions about a hydronic water plant began in the 1960s after ASU’s expansion and needed a more efficient way to heat and cool buildings, says Cody Guins, facilities manager, planning and construction.
“Almost all of our large facilities, with the exception of ‘CAF’ and university residences, large university and administrative facilities are all heated and cooled by this piping system,” adds Guins.
Every two years, state legislators hear requests for funding for capital construction assistance projects. The university referred to the 2011 drought as one of the many reasons to be approved along with the needed repairs to the pipes.
“We had this drought, we became very aware that we needed a different solution because if we run out of water, we can’t cool the buildings,” Guins said.
The engineering and design process will begin soon. Construction is expected to begin by the end of 2023, but this will not cause problems for students and faculty on campus.
“A lot of this is going to happen under where we are right now. In our central factory, as well as in the cooling towers behind us, there will be a small building built on the west side of the campus, that’s about all the public will see, ”Guins said.