WTAMU prepares to open new Amarillo Center following construction delays

WTAMU prepares to open new Amarillo Center following construction delays
The WT Amarillo Center will soon be able to move into their new downtown building following construction delays, leaving their three floors at FirstBank Southwest Tower. (Source: KFDA)

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - West Texas A&M's Amarillo Center has occupied three floors of the now-FirstBank Southwest Tower for just under 10 years.

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Now, they're getting a building of their own, following construction delays.

Originally set to open in August for the Fall 2018 semester, the building's debut was pushed back.

"Whenever you have a construction project where you're refurbishing an older building, some unexpected things can pop up, so that's sort of what happened," said Dr. Amy Anderson, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at WTAMU.

Though WT announced a while back that it would vacate the floors in the tower, those delays caused them to extend their lease in order to house some of the fall semester classes on those floors. The other classes were moved to the Canyon campus.

While classes currently in session in the tower's three floors will move to the new building once its open, classes that were moved to WT's Canyon campus will likely not resume in the new building until next semester.

"We're doing a month-to-month lease here right now," said Dr. Andersen. "They were very gracious to allow us that time when we had some unexpected delays so we want to move out of here so they can have that space and get ready for the next tenant."

According to Aaron Emerson, who is in charge of leasing for the Tower, they were flexible with WT when hurdles came up.

"Their lease expired in August and they came to us and asked to push it back a few months and we're very flexible for them," said Andersen. "We don't want to be the reason why they're put in a bind."

Once open, classes in the new building near Tyler and 8th will include graduate and undergraduate programs for counseling, special education, communication disorders and more.

"We're looking at the possibility of having that turned over from the construction company to us late October, early November," said Andersen.

With a chance to open soon, the new building could also open up new opportunities for the Buffs in just a matter of weeks.

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